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Daniel Grasskamp is an award-winning filmmaker. He is a finalist for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards (2021) and a quarter-finalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship (2022).

Cat Skin (2017) was his debut feature film, which he wrote, directed, produced and edited on a micro-budget. It played at PÖFF: The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, received multiple award nominations and won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. Upon release, the film gained over 7 million views.

His scripted shorts have screened at film markets at Clermont-Ferrand and Palm Springs. He also co-directed the short documentary See Again (2019), which premiered at the BIFA qualifying Manchester Film Festival.

The BBC’s Writer’s Room placed his feature screenplay, ‘The Ark Beneath the Sea’, in the top ten per cent for their Development Programme. Channel 4’s Talent Scheme shortlisted him to direct an episode of the BAFTA winning-series On The Edge. And he was long-listed for the Creative UK and Netflix partnership Breakout. He also attended the BFI Network Writer’s Lab and the iFeature pitch sessions at the Aesthetica Film Festival.


Daniel graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham with a BA Honours in Film Production. He specialized in directing and shot his graduation film, Daddy and the Deer (2009), on 16mm. The film topped Shooting People’s Film of the Month chart.

Originally from Bavaria, Germany, Daniel now lives in the South of England. His work spans multiple genres and focuses on atmospheric, character-driven stories.



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

Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Quarterfinalist (The Ark Beneath the Sea 2022)

Page International Screenwriting Awards - Finalist (Late, 2021)

Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Top ten per cent (Late, 2021)

ScreenCraft Fellowship - Quarterfinalist (Late, 2021)

ShoreScripts TV Pilot Contest - Quarterfinalist (Lunar State, 2020)

ScreenCraft TV Pilot Competition - Quarterfinalist (Lunar State, 2020)

ScreenCraft Fellowship - Quarterfinalist (Lunar State, 2020)

WeScreenplay - Recommend (Lunar State, 2019)
ScreenCraft Film Fund - Semifinalist (One Last Run, 2018)


ScreenSkills Mentor Network - BFI supported  (Directing / 2020)

4Stories - Channel4 talent initiative - Shortlisted (Directing / 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 (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)

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