Esther Gronenborn, born in Oldenburg in 1968, graduated from HFF Munich and has worked as a freelance author and director since 1997. In 1997 she completed her studies and worked for two years for DORO Berlin as a music video and advertising director. Her feature film debut ALASKA.DE (2001) brought her the Lola for best director in addition to many national and international awards. She then directed the youth drama ADIL GEHT (2004), one of three episodes of the episodic film STADT ALS BEUTE (2005) and the mystery thriller HINTER KAIFECK (2009). Since then, she has mainly directed television films. Among other things, she did work for the Berlin Philharmonic and made three interactive feature films on drug prevention in schools. She is a member of the German and European Film Academy, a founding member of Pro Quote Directing and currently on the board of Pro Quote Film. Among other things, she volunteers for the federal programme “Live Democracy!” (Orig. “Demokratie leben”).