Vanessa Jopp , born in 1971, studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1993-1999. After shooting several films on video, she directed her first short on film, Aquavitae, in 1994. This was followed by Alpaliens (short, 1995), One Night Suicide (short, 1996) and This is a True Story About a Puker on the Roof (short, 1997). She has also made some music videos and has worked for the comedy show Wochenshow. Her films include: co-direction with six other HFF/M students on Honolulu (1999), her first feature film Forget America (Vergiss Amerika, 2000), Engel + Joe (2001), Happy as One (Komm Naeher, 2005), and Messy Christmas (Meine schoene Bescherung, 2007).