Andreas Dresen worked as a sound engineer for Schwerin Theatre between 1984-85. As a trainee at East Germany's famous DEFA Studio for Feature Films between 1984-1986, he worked as an assistant director to Günter Reisch. He also studied directing at the Konrad Wolf College of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg between 1989-91 and was a Master Pupil in Günter Reisch's class at the Berlin Art Academy. Starting in 1985, Dresen directed several short films, documentaries, and films for television, as well as wrote screenplays. Nachtgestalten (#Night Shapes) (1998), which he made for theatrical release, competed at the 49th International Berlin Film Festival in 1999.