Filmmaker & Journalist

Sibylle Trost is a TV und print journalist. As a writer for television, Trost made a name for herself with 24 films in the documentary series 37° on ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, German public-service television broadcaster). The series has an average market share of 12% with about 60 million viewers.

Her films are characteristically lively, with authentic portraits and moving interviews. Trost has a passion for stories about people who take the risk of turning social norms upside down. Her work is close-up, humorous and provocative all at once. She focuses on gender, work and education issues.

Since 2014, Sibylle Trost has been writing for the German weekly DIE ZEIT.

Trost is a member of AG DOK (association of documentary filmmakers) and Kulturportal (cultural database).


After graduating from school, Sibylle Trost started learning by doing at the local news desk of the Mainzer Allgemeinen Zeitung (regional daily newspaper). She went on to study Journalism, Politics, Romance Studies and Art History at the Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz and the Freie Universität in Berlin. Trost also received scholarships to study in France and Canada.

Her work as a TV reporter began in 1989 – that exciting moment of German reunification – as a Berlin und Brandenburg correspondent for SFB (Sender Freies Berlin, public radio and television service for West Berlin), later renamed RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). She also worked as a freelance radio journalist for the post-reunification station DS-Kultur, as well as for SFB und Deutschlandradio. Sibylle Trost co-wrote the first 30 minute report series from the USA for the German international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle TV.

When one of the largest public broadcasters ZDF created the documentary series 37°, Sibylle Trost joined the permanent production team. The series focused on human interest stories with a twist. Over fifteen years, Trost addressed a range of moving issues in 24 touching documentary films. For her first 37° documentary, The Man with Pork on his Hat, Trost was nominated for the Axel-Springer-Award for Young Journalists.

Sibylle Trost also produces TV spots, reports for websites, events and conventions, such as the Breadwinner Moms (Familienernährerinnen) project with the German Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth.

Trost was a panel member for the Film & Television School Europe. She also works as a media consultant and presenter for organisations such as the Equal Pay Day Forum. She produces films with an extensive professional creative network in Berlin.


Life in the Spin Cycle – Rich and Poor in the Laundromat

(30’), ZDF-series 37°, Sept 4, 2012
Topic: Freddy-Leck’s laundromat is frequented by the full spectrum of clients, from welfare recipients to politicians.
Market share: 9.8 % | Viewers: 2.2 million

Dream Woman for Dad – The Children Get a Say

(30’), ZDF series 37°, Sept 13, 2011
Topic: How do single fathers find a mate who will gel with the children too?
Market share: 11.6 % | Viewers: 2.6 Millionen

All aboard!
Family with 9 children on the Rhei

(30’), ZDF series 37°, Mar 29, 2011 at 00:03 AM
Topic: The Mnichs: a family of Inland sailors at the Loreley tanker disaster
Market share: 11.2 % | Viewers: 1.4 Millionen

My Wife Gets the Check

(30’), ZDF series 37°, Aug 10, 2010
Topic: How do men alter their roles when women provide for the family?
Market share: 13.1 % | Viewers: 2.78 Millionen

“It’s All Trash – People Who Live from Junk”

(30’), ZDF series 37°, August 18, 2009 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Scrap dealers, metal collectors, flea market professionals.
Market share: 12.5 % | Viewers: 2.6 Millionen

“Dream Job: Cashier – Smiling as the Scanner Beeps”

(30’), ZDF series 37°, June 16, 2009 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Hardworking women talk about their jobs as cashiers.
Market share: 11.2 % | Viewers: 2.4 Millionen

“Mona – Life With Epidermolysis Bullosa”

(9’), ZDF Menschen – das Magazin, January 3, 2009 at 5:45 PM
(15’), ZDF infokanal total normal
Topic: Mona‘s illness and her courage to face life.
Market share: 10.5 % | Viewers: 2.03 Millionen

“Sweet Girls – Strong Women.
Ten Girlfriends Stick Together”

(30’), ZDF series 37°, August 19, 2008 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Ten women share an exceptional friendship.
Market share: 9.4 % | Viewers: 2.0 Millionen

“Family Life XXL – 5 Generations Under One Roof”

(30’), ZDF series 37°, September 11, 2007 at 10:15 PM
Topic: What do different generations learn from each other?
Market share: 12.6 % | Viewers: 2.8 Millionen

“Seeing and Being Seen at KaDeWe – A Department Store becomes a Legend”

(30’), ZDF, August 28, 2007 at 11:30 PM
Topic: The Kaufhaus des Westens (upmarket West Berlin department store) turns 100.
Market share: 7.4 % | Viewers: 0.77 Millionen

Put on a Happy Face: No Smile? No Job.

(30’), ZDF series 37°, September 19, 2006 at 10:45 PM
Topic: When your job requires a permanent smile.
Market share: 8.5 % | Viewers: 1.43 Millionen

No Such Thing as Quitting Time – Multi-jobbers and Extreme-commuters

(30’) ZDF series 37°, January 31, 2006 at 10:20 PM
Topic: Hard-working people in Germany.
Market share: 14.5 % | Viewers: 3.39 Millionen

Four Generations at Home – What Keeps Large Families Together

(30’), ZDF series 37°, January 11, 2005 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Two multi-generational families in Germany.
Market share: 14.4 % | Viewers: 3.58 Millionen

Half the Family – Twice the Work.
How Single Parents Struggle Through Life

(30’), ZDF documentary, July 28, 2004 at 10:45 PM
Topic: The situation of single parents in Germany.
Market share: 7.7 % | Viewers: 1.32 Millionen

A Job Abroad – The Departure of German Workers

(30’), ZDF series 37°, February 03, 2004 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Germans working in Sweden, the UK, and Spain.
Market share: 12.8 % | Viewers: 2.76 Millionen

The Cook, the Cleaning Lady, and the Security Guard – Work is Our Entire Life!

(30’), ZDF series 37°, September 02, 2003 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Lots of work for little money – jobs in the service sector.
Market share: 14.4 % | Viewers: 3.0 Millionen

Sleepless at Midnight

(2 x 45’), ZDF pilots from February 18. – March 11, 2003
Format: Self-help for shopaholics and compulsive hoarders and messies.
Market share: 6.8 % / 7.6 % | Viewers: 420.000 / 350.000

When All the Dams Break.
People in the Flood

(60’), ZDF special report, August 27, 2002 at 08:15 PM
Film by Peter Kunz, Gunther Scholz, Anne Reith and Sibylle Trost
Topic: Human fates during the floods in 2002.
Market share: 11.4 % | Viewers: 3.06 Millionen

Up and Away.
When Mothers Leave their Families

(30’), ZDF series 37°, April 23, 2002 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Women who leave their families without taking their children.
Market share: 12.5 % | Viewers: 2.7 Millionen

Younger Man – New Happiness
When Women Take Other Paths

(30’), ZDF series 37°, June 12, 2001 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Older women who love younger men.
Market share: 11.2 % | Viewers: 2.34 Millionen

A Woman’s World: Shopping Parties in Germany

(30’), ZDF series 37°, December 12, 2000 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Home sales parties for candles, anti-aging creams and lingerie.
Market share: 11.9 % | Viewers: 2.59 Millionen

Body Fever – 48 Hours at the Loveparade

(30’), ZDF series 37°, July 11, 2000 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Report on the Loveparade techno party in Berlin as experienced by two cliques of teenagers.
Market share: 6.6 % | Viewers: 1.16 Millionen

Heads and Figures.
People Intoxicated by Numbers

(30’), ZDF series 37°, February 29, 2000 at 10:30 PM
Topic: Number fetishists.
Market share: 4.4 % | Viewers: 0.92 Millionen

Full Lips, Flat Stomach.
People Who are Made Beautiful

(30’), ZDF series 37°, December 14, 1999 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Cosmetic surgery on beautiful people.
Market share: 13.4 % | Viewers: 2.71 Millionen

The Rat Catchers.
Going around Berlin with the Exterminators.

(30’), ZDF series Die Reportage, October 29, 1999 at 09:15 PM
Topic: Exterminators catching rats.
Market share: 14.3 % | Viewers: 4.23 Millionen

I’ll Buy Myself Happiness.
People Addicted to Shopping

(30’), ZDF series 37°, July 20, 1999 at 10:30 PM
Topic: Shopping addiction in Germany.
Market share: 10.7 % | Viewers: 1.81 Millionen

Beyond Messy: Germans Drowning in their Own Trash

(30’), ZDF series 37°, January 12, 1999 at 10:15 PM
Topic: People’s apartments overflowing with rubbish.
Market share: 12.4 % | Viewers: 2.98 Millionen

Millennium Fever – The Prophets of the Last Days

(30’), ZDF series 37°, August 4, 1998 at 10:30 PM
Topic: Germans who believe that the year 2000 will bring the end time.
Market share: 10.2 % | Viewers: 2.09 Millionen

Animal Farm in the Big City

(30’), ZDF series 37°, June 10, 1997 at 10:30 PM
Topic: Exotic animals in Berlin’s hood, Kreuzberg.
Market share: 12.4 % | Viewers: 2.04 Millionen

Nominated for the 1995 Axel-Springer prize
for “The Man with Pork on his Hat”

Schlachtfest – or: ‘It is the Tragedy of Life
that Our Food is made of Countless Murdered Souls.’

(14’), Short film for the Schweisfurth Stiftung Munich
Presented at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
Exhibit “Humans and Animals – A Paradoxical Relationship”, 2003

The Man with Pork on his Hat

(30’), ZDF series 37°, August 29, 1995 at 10:15 PM
Topic: Portrait of the butcher Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth
(Nominated for the Axel-Springer prize in 1996)
Market share: 7.9 % | Viewers: 1.53 Millionen

Return of the Biospherians – Two Years under a Glass Dome

(30’), A Film by Jörg Seibold and Sibylle Trost
Deutsche Welle TV and 3Sat, November 1993
Topic: The Biosphere 2 project in Arizona, USA

Interview with Sibylle Trost – 15 years of 37° | ZDF

At Work

Press coverage/ Reviews


Our service portfolio includes: print journalism, TV reports, event and conventions films, and corporate web films. Sibylle Trost produces professional media products for all media platforms in cooperation with a creative network of experienced media professionals in Berlin.


Texts which tell stories. People who make a difference. Content based on in-depth research. My journalistic work brings together these three elements.


High quality films for television, conventions, businesses and institutions. My focus is on lively documentaries; films that get in close and touch audiences. In cooperation with a creative network of experienced media professionals in Berlin, I produce professional films in all formats in TV-HD quality.

Corporate films

Be authentic and tell a story: that is my motto. Effective corporate films should be lively reports with a clear message. No overblown language, no awkwardly staged scenes. Basic corporate films for the web are produced using professional VJ equipment in HD quality. I will be happy to take on your next film project! More complex, high-end productions can be arranged on request with an expert team of creative professionals (using multiple cameras, lighting equipment etc.).


Moderating services for events and discussions about things that matter. As a moderator, I focus the issues, connect people, keep arguments to the point or involve the audience.

News & Media Tours

How do the media really work? This is a question I am often asked. I offer regular tours for private groups, students, companies and international visitors. Since 2014, I have been taking groups of up to 20 people behind the scenes of media organisations in the German capital, Berlin.

Media Consultancy

As a media professional and out-of-the-box thinker, I can provide the media support your company needs to promote an unusual concept or imaginative idea. With over 20 years of experience in radio, TV and print media, my skills and lateral thinking will help your company or organization develop media strategies and prepare you for press interviews.