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Born on the 24th of May '82 in Frankfurt, he was raised in Santa Monica and Munich. As a twelve year old he received as a present from his parents a VHS copy of 'Reservoir Dogs'.

Until then his grand plan was to finish school as fast as possible and become an astronaut – in the 80ies and 90ies there was a serious bid to conquer Mars. The duration of the travel would only take around eleven months in one direction, basically the same amount that an average citizen spends over a life time in traffic jams.

But from the moment that he watched Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel in 'Reservoir Dogs' everything changed:
'Bad Lieutenant' and 'Goodfellas', 'Léon – the Professional' and 'Lost Highway', 'Chungking Express' and 'Fallen Angels' - 90ies cinema got a serious grip on him.

Twenty years later in March of 2014 he enjoyed the feeling of the morning wind around his ears while he sped on his racing bike towards the Kottbusser Tor, where on the 11th floor of a project building the light crew was setting up for the shooting of 'After Spring Comes Fall', which would become his first feature film.

Later the movie had it's Premiere at the Hofer Filmfestspiele in 2015 and would take him around the world: to the GIFF in Göteburg, the 39th Mostra in Sao Paulo, the Jaffna International Cinema Festival on the island of Sri Lanka, to San Francisco, Beijing, Tangiers, Casablanca and Kopenhagen.

'After Spring Comes Fall' was awarded Best Feature at the Vilmos Szigmond Festival in Hungary and Best Production at the Achtung Berlin Festival. And it won the 'Michael Ballhaus-Award' for Best Cinematography at the First Steps Awards in 2015 – the highest newcomer awards in Europe.

He worked for ARTE and BBC Arabic as a TV journalist in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

His second feature 'The Devil's Drivers, a documentary about human traffic, has premiered at TIFF in September 2021.

Daniel lives in Los Angeles where he just graduated from the American Film Institute.




2015 'The Last Barrier' with the Bosta Theatre in Jerusalem
2014 'Letters Home' with the Refugee Club Theatre.
Premiere as the closing show of the Festiwalla Youth Theatre Festival at the HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin with more than 1400 viewers.


Art Exhibitions

2007 'Orientation' in Leipzig with a large format photographies


Education and Scholarships

2019 - 2021 Directing Fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles
2018 Partcipant at the Torino SeriesLab where he developed the concept for the 8-part TV series 'The Panda'
2008 - 2014 Student of Directing and Cinematography at the Filmuniversity 'Konrad Wolf' in Potsdam-Babelsberg
2012 Participant at Berlinale Talent Campus
2009 Participant at an exchange programm with the University of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg
2006 - 2008 Student of Photography at the Academy for Visual Arts in Leipzig
2007 Scholarship by the DAAD – German Educational Exchange Programm to participate in an exchange programm with the University of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan
2004 - 2006 Trainee of TV-Journalism at the TV-Production company AZ Media in Colgne

Daniel Carsenty

SUNBIRD AWARD & Invitation to Documentary Competion

So, so, so excited to announce that my film 'The Devil's Drivers' won the Sunbird Award. And we are invited to the Documentary Competition, but I'm not allowed to say where, only that's gonna happen in April:)