Philip Gnadt gained first experiences as a camera assistant for five years in TV and cinema productions, before studying at the Media University in Stuttgart. In 2003 he received the sponsorship prize of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Industry for this documentary PAULA. His graduation film ZWÖLF SEITEN earned him the award at the ‘Independent Days Karlsruhe’ in 2010. He founded the production company Substanz Film in 2003 while also working as a freelance director for corporate and documentary films. Together with Mickey Yamine (Little Bridge Pictures) he has been pursuing GAZA SURF CLUB since 2012.