Florian Opitz was born in 1973 in Saarbrücken. He is a filmmaker, author and journalist and studied history, psychology and English and American literature in Heidelberg and Cologne. In 2000 he got his master's degree. In 1998 Florian Opitz started making documentary films. He developed and produced numerous documentations for different German and European broadcasters and gave documentary classes at various colleges.
For his documentary The Big Sellout, he was given the Grimme-Preis in 2009. Moreover the film was prenominated for the Deutscher Filmpreis (en.: German movie award) in 2008. It was invited to 35 international film festivals and was shown in cinemas of 8 countries. It was one of the five most successful German documentary films in the cinema year 2007.