Thomas Wartmann (* 1953) studied journalism in Munich and directing in Los Angeles at the "American Film Institute". He traveled as a journalist for print media through Asia, Africa and South America. Since 1994 he has realized over 100 documentaries as a producer, director and author. He also founded Filmquadrat.dok GmbH, an independent film production company based in Munich. Filmquadrat produces exciting high-quality documentary films in cooperation with renowned authors and filmmakers mainly for public television, but also for theatrical release. Many of the award-winning films are made in co-production with European producers and supported by national and European film funding.