Claas Danielsen was born 1966 in Hamburg. He studied documentary film direction at the Munich University of Television & Film and made seven films, of which several won awards at international festivals as well as being shown on various TV channels in Europe. As head of studies between 1999 and 2004, he helped set up the European training initiative for documentary film-makers known then as the Discovery Campus and today as the Documentary Campus. Since 2004, he has been Artistic & Managing Director of the Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films. He has been a board member at the German Documentary Association (AG DOK) and at the European Documentary Network (EDN). He has regularly served on juries at international film festivals and on funding committees, and he also acts as an advisor at the European Film Academy.