Janna Heine was born in 1990 in Weingarten, Baden-Württemberg. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in German literature and Social Sciences at the Humboldt University, she graduated from the Freie Universität Berlin with a master’s degree in Film Studies, with her thesis on Kurdish cinema. While studying cinema at an academic and theoretical level, she quickly realized that she was keen on practical film work. After her first production experience at the ZDF series Wilsberg, she began her career as an assistant to the author-producer Mehmet Aktaş, working in management for mîtosfilm. Since 2015, Heine has been producing both national and international co-productions together with Aktaş. In 2015 and 2016, she also worked as the International Program Manager at the Duhok International Film Festival in North Iraq.