Michael Kliebenstein was born in 1960, educated at St. Blasien and Schloss Neubeuern High School in Germany. As a teenager he went straight to work as a property master at a German Film Company specializing in 1920s/1930s outdoor sets all over Europe, a profession where historic vehicles played a major role.
He had a variety of interesting jobs in this context and later spent a year in New York as a photographer. National Service followed. At the same time he acquired his private pilot’s license at Cologne Airport. He then decided to go into the film industry and directed his first short film. After having shown his film at festivals, he then decided to study Film at the London International Film School in Covent Garden. Additionally, he took a course in Media & Advertising at Cologne Werbefachschule, paralelled by a stint as a Special Effects Editor at Pinewood Film & Television Studios in Iver Heath. What followed was a 15 year period as a Film & Television Director/Producer with his own company in Cologne, Germany. He produced more than 150 films, mostly advertising and television programmes on behalf of large German corporate companies.