Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck grew up in Indonesia, Japan, England and Germany. She studied Art and Design in London and Film at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy (Intermediate Diploma in Animation, Diploma in Documentary Film).
Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck works as a film-maker (ein, zwei Dinge, Busby, Werkzeug – ein Film über Hände etc.), video designer for stage and museum (Jewish Museum Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Constanza Macras/Dorky Park, The Wooster Group New York, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Mathilde Monnier, etc.) and as a member of the Programme Commission and host in various short film festivals (European Short Film Biennial in Ludwigsburg, Pictoplasma, Berlinale Shorts, etc.).