Axel Hildebrand was born in Berlin in 1968 and studied Communications and Sociology from 1988-1990. He has worked as a freelance cameraman, editor and director of TV magazine features as well as location manager for feature films and commercials. He also served as an assistant director on E.B. Clucher's Trinity & Pokerface and worked as a story editor and
screenwriter for Rialto Film. His films include the shorts Somebody, Fool On The Hill, Red Roses, Der Tag des Pinguins, the documentary Rennschnecken and numerous commercials. He made his feature directorial debut with The Ballad of Ecki and Robert (Schrott) in 1998.