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Jan Martin Scharf was born in Cologne in 1974. He studied at the New York Film Academy and at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) from 1998-2004, graduating with TRUTH OR DARE (2004, in co-direction with Arne Nolting) which won numerous international awards. Also active as a writer, a selection of his other films includes: the episode THE DRUNKEN WOMAN in the film FRIDAY NIGHT (2002), DER BAUM (short, 2005), numerous episodes of the series ALARM FÜR COBRA 11 (TV, 2005-2010), episodes of IK1 - TOURISTEN IN GEFAHR (TV, 2009), DESSAU DANCERS (2014), and the series WEINBERG (TV, 2014).