Axel Kalhorn was born in 1968 in Barth. He took his final school examinations in Greifswald and was posted to Stralsund as a soldier. Kalhorn later worked as a film developer at a Berlin laboratory.
He is a student at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy for Film & Television in Babelsberg. His films are: Meister a. D. (short, 1996), Jezerskas lebt am Vogelpfad (short, 1997), Waffenbrueder (short, 1998) and Wotenick (1999), which received a nomination for the First Steps Award 2000.