AKIZ (b. 1969) gained recognition as a director while studying direction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (1991-96). His graduation work was nominated for a student Oscar and he followed it up with another successful shorts. The ten-minute Painting Reality (2010) was promoted by guerrilla artist Banksy, while another work was selected for the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2012 he founded the production company OOO-Films and began preparations for his feature debut Der Nachtmahr (2015), the first of a planned Demonic Trilogy. In addition to making movies, the director’s creative energy also finds expression in other artistic endeavors: AKIZ is also a successful painter and sculptor.
Source: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016