Andreas was born in 1961 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He began his career as an artist of graphic novels and record covers. Among others, he designed the film posters for Jörg Buttgereit's genre classics Nekromantik and Nekromantik 2.
In 2004 he made his feature film debut with the award winning Tears of Kali, which became an instant festival and box-office success. His next film Masks (2011) was a loving tribute to the Italian genre cinema of the seventies.
He collaborated again with Jörg Buttgereit on the anthology movie German Angst: his episode, the surreal erotic thriller Alraune, transfered the mystic legend of the mandragora plant into modern Berlin. In 2019 he directed the episode Pig for the upcoming Christmas-Horror-anthology Deathcember.
Cyril is the general delegate and co-founder of the Hallucinations Collectives festival, which has taken place since 2008 in Lyon, France. Since 2011, he has been involved in the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival, which he organizes with the magazine Mad Movies, the preeminent European fantastic-film periodical.
Since 2015 he has co-organized the Nuit Nanarland at Europe’s largest cinema, Le Grand Rex. He created the association and the site ZoneBis, a forum for online discussions among cinephiles. And lastly, in a previous life, Despontin worked at leading video game company Electronic Arts, and now works at the video label Wild Side and Wild Bunch Distribution.
Nicolae started his film studies at FAMU in Czech Republic and graduated from the directing department of Romania's main film school, UNATC in 2009. In 2013, he won the Best New Hope award at the yearly Gopo Gala, the Romanian Oscars.
His debut feature The World Is Mine received the Best Romanian First Feature at the 2015 edition of TIFF, moving on to receive a Special Mention from the East of the West jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Next year, the film won two Gopo awards from seven nominations.
Nicolae's second feature Heads and Tails met the Romanian audience this May, after being selected in 2016 in the Karlovy Vary Work in Progress programme. The film had its world premiere at Prague International Film Festival, FabioFest, earlier this year.