Matthias Luthardt was born in 1972 in Leiden/The Netherlands and grew up in Germany. After his civil service, he spent six months in Lyon, followed by studies in German, French and Journalism in Tuebingen, Paris and Hamburg. From 1998-2005, he studied at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 1999, he co-founded the production company "risingstar". From 2001-2002, he participated in the Masterclass of the German-French Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and Paris. A selection of his films includes: Blindgaenger (short, 2001), von wegen wir (short, 2001), Abgefahren! (documentary, 2002), Menschen brauchen Hobbies (documentary, 2004), and Pingpong (2006).