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 (produced and edited) his first feature-length film Cat Skin (2017) on a micro-budget. The film screened at PÖFF: The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as part of the Just Film youth programme in collaboration with the British Council, was nominated for the young adult Gryphon Award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, and won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. Cat Skin was released online and has over three million views.

Aesthetica Film Festival (2019) invited Daniel to pitch his feature 'Late' to the UK development lab iFeatures. The screenplay is a Page Awards Finalist (2021) and was placed in the top ten percent for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship (2021).


He has directed  music videos for FatCat Records and Rough Trade, including bands British Sea Power, The Mystery Jets and Frightened Rabbit. He also co-directed the short documentary Father, Will I See Again (2019) with filmmaker Fred Burns (Basically, Johnny Moped), which premiered at the Manchester Film Festival (2020).

 

Starting as a production runner for the BBC at the age of 18, 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, where he also directed branded content for Lidl and Virgin. Recently, he coloured the BFI / Doc Society supported feature documentary Maisie (2021) which premiered at the Sheffield Doc Film Festival (2021). 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.

AWARDS

 

Winner:
Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film (Cat Skin, 2017)
Reeling: The Chicago LGBGQ+ International Film Festival

Nominations:
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

COMPETITIONS

Page International Screenwriting Awards - Finalist (Drama, Late, 2021)

Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Top ten percent of all submissions (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


​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)

 
 
 

D A N I E L  G R A S S K A M P

writer & director
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