Astrid Menzel was born in 1985 in Hamburg, Germany. During her time at school she adored being on stage participating in theatre, choir musicals and tap dance shows. Once graduated from high school, she enrolled in her first film assignment as a Production Assistant for a French-Portuguese film production in Lisbon. Eventually beginning her film studies at the Academy of Theatre and Film in Lisbon. Three years later, she graduated with a  degree in Directing & Editing. After working on set of NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON alongside the danish director Bille August, she moved to Berlin, where she persued her career, working as an assistant director for feature films and TV-Productions. Her debut short film UNLIKE TODAY screened at international film festivals and won numerous awards, such as the  Golden Horseman at the Filmfest Dresden. BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS is her feature length debut. It premiered at DOK Leipzig and took home the Young Eyes Film Award. The film was theatrically released in German in May 2023. It is still touring on festivals worldwide. Menzel writes and directs her films herself. For her documentary, she also handled the camera, the original sound and part of the editing. Currently she is writing her fiction feature debut “CELLOPHANE” (WT), a love triangle Drama.


BLue sky white CLouds (2022)
91 min. | Documentary Feature | Freischwimmer Film

Unlike Today (2018)
21 min. | Shortfilm Fiction |  Kinescope Film

RETURN (2012)
15 min. | Shortfilm Fiction |  ESTC

ON AIR (2011)
16 min. | Shortfilm Documentary |  ESTC



Director and Screenwriter

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