D A N I E L G R A S S K A M P
writer & director
Daniel Grasskamp is a British-German Filmmaker drawn to coming-of-age stories across genres.
He wrote and directed his debut feature Cat Skin (2017) on a micro-budget. The film screened at PÖFF: The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, was nominated for the Gryphon Award at the Giffoni Film Festival and won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. Cat Skin was released online and went viral with over two million views.
The screenplay for his latest short One Last Run (2019) reached the semifinals in the ScreenCraft Film Fund competition, and he recently received a commission to co-direct the short documentary Father, Will I See Again? (2019) with filmmaker Fred Burns (Basically, Johnny Moped) - the film premiered at the Manchester Film Festival (2020).
His background is in post-production where he started as an offline editor cutting broadcast promos for Warner Bros.TV at OnDemand! (now Vubiquity) and he worked his way up to managing a post-production studio for the agency Instinctif where he began directing branded content for clients including Lidl and Virgin. Editing proved to be an invaluable experience that influences his approach when writing and directing.
He graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham with a BA Honours Degree in Film Production, where he specialized in Directing and shot his graduation film Daddy and the Deer (2009) on 16mm film. The film held the number one spot for several weeks on Shooting People's Film of the Month chart.
Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film (Cat Skin, 2017)
Reeling: The Chicago LGBGQ+ 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
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)
Manchester Film Festival (Father Will I See Again, 2020)
Palm Springs Film Festival, Short Film Market (One Last Run, 2019)
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)