Born 1968 in Augsburg, Germany, Volker Schaner started his career at the age of 19 as director’s assistant to Peter Fleischmann for the science-fiction movie "Hard To Be A God“, followed by several award-winning documentaries including "Deutschland, Deutschland“, about the reunification of Germany.
After finishing university studies in history, literature and linguistics he founded his own production and postproduction studio in Berlin. From here emerged a series of productions such as the childrens animation series "Odyssey“, documentaries for ARTE/ZDF and short movies and commercials of all kinds. In 2011, he was the German co-producer of "Hajnal Nemeth – Crash/Passive Interview", the official Hungarian contribution to the Venice art biennale.
Volker Schaner's first documentary "Prague – stage of the unexplainable" is a unique portrait of the Czech art and theater scene of the late 20th century. After the completion and international release of the fairytale documentary "Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise", Schaner is now working on the documentary "Resurrection in Aksum“ about the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as a unique form of a Judeo-Christian church, and a yet to be announced feature movie.