Sönke Wortmann is one of Germany's hottest directors. Wortmann showed unusual talent from his first term in Munich's Academy for Television & Film (HFF), where he learned his craft. His first student film, Nachtfahrer, was so good that it won him a special invitation to London's Royal College of Art. His 1990 graduation film from the Munich Academy, Dre D, won him the Eastman Film Prize at the Hof Film Days and earned him a Student Oscar nomination. The following year, Wortmann won the Munich Filmfest's Hypo-Award for the comedy Allein Unter Frauen/Alone Among Women. Wortmann made his feature-film debut with Kleine Haie/Acting Out (1992).