Ann-Kristin Reyels (née Wecker) was born in Leipzig in 1976. In 1990, after the Berlin Wall came down, her family moved to Nuremberg. She completed a number of internships and various assistant positions in film. During the shooting of the 2000 crime thriller COME SWEET DEATH something clicked. Reyels was working for Peter von Haller as the second camera assistant and found the cooperation between director, DoP and the actors so fascinating, she wanted to do it too. From 2001 to 2007 she studied Film Directing at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her graduation film HOUNDS (JAGDHUNDE) – also her feature film debut – celebrated its world premiere at the 2007 Berlinale, and went on to win numerous international prizes. Her next film FORMENTERA premiered at the 2012 Berlinale. She co-authored the script for both films. Reyels’s short film DIM (which she also co-wrote) had its premiere in 2004 in the short films competition at the Venice film festival. Her documentary TATJANA was made in 2002.