writer & director
Daniel Grasskamp is a filmmaker drawn to coming-of-age stories across genres.
He wrote, directed, produced and edited his first feature-length film Cat Skin (2017) on a micro-budget. The film played at film festivals around the world including PÖFF: The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in collaboration with the British Council's youth programme Just Film. It received multiple award nominations and won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival.
Aesthetica Film Festival invited Daniel to pitch his latest feature project 'Late' to the UK development lab iFeatures. The screenplay is a Page Awards Finalist and placed in the top ten per cent for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. He was shortlisted for Channel 4's Directing Talent Scheme '4Stories', took part in the BFI Network Writer's Lab, and was selected for the BFI supported ScreenSkills Mentor Program in Directing.
In short films, he co-directed and edited the commissioned documentary See Again (2019) with filmmaker Fred Burns (Basically, Johnny Moped - Netflix), which premiered at the Manchester Film Festival. His scripted shorts have screened at film markets at Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival and Palm Springs Film Festival.
Previously, he has directed music videos (British Sea Power, Frightened Rabbit and Mystery Jets) and branded content (Lidl, UK Power Networks and Virgin).
Starting as a production runner for the BBC at the age of eighteen, Daniel worked his way up to cutting broadcast promos for Warner Bros.TV at OnDemand! (now Vubiquity), and managed the post-production department for the agency Instinctif.
He coloured the BFI supported feature documentary Maisie (2021), which premiered at the Sheffield Doc Film Festival and won Best Documentary at Dublin Film Festival. His writing and directing benefit from his experience in post-production.
Daniel graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham with a BA Honours Degree in Film Production. He specialized in Directing and shot his graduation film Daddy and the Deer (2009) on 16mm film. The film topped Shooting People's Film of the Month chart.
Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film (Cat Skin, 2017)
The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
Gryphon Award (Cat Skin, 2017)
Giffoni Film Festival
Emergence Award (Cat Skin, 2017)
Oaxaca Film Festival
Best Women's Feature (Cat Skin, 2017)
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Page International Screenwriting Awards - Finalist (Drama, Late, 2021)
Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Top ten per cent (Late, 2021)
ScreenCraft Fellowship - Quarterfinalist (Late, 2021)
ShoreScripts TV Pilot Contest - Quarterfinalist (TV Pilot, Lunar State, 2020)
ScreenCraft TV Pilot Competition - Quarterfinalist (TV Pilot, Lunar State, 2020)
ScreenCraft Fellowship - Quarterfinalist (TV Pilot, Lunar State, 2020)
WeScreenplay - Recommend (TV Pilot, Lunar State, 2019)
ScreenCraft Film Fund - Semifinalist (Short, One Last Run, 2018)
TALENT LABS / MASTERCLASSES
ScreenSkills Mentor Network - BFI supported (Directing / 2020)
4Stories - Channel4 talent initiative - Shortlisted (Directing / 2020)
ScreenCraft Writer's Summit with J.J Abrams (2020)
iFeatures Pitch Session at Aesthetica Film Festival (Feature, Late, 2019)
BFI Network Writer's Lab (Feature, Snow Fall, 2018)
BAFTA Masterclass with Walter Murch (Editor of The Godfather, 2018)
Cinema Jam with Colin Goudie (Editor of Star Wars: Rogue One, 2018)
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
Manchester Film Festival (See Again, 2020)
Palm Springs Film Festival, Short Film Market (One Last Run, 2019)
Reel Affirmations - Washington D.C's International LGBTQ+ Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2018)
PÖFF: The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+International Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
Giffoni Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
Oaxaca Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
Seoul International Youth Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
OUTShine Film Festival / The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Cat Skin, 2017)
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Short Film Market (Cat Skin - short, 2011)