shakedown films

Shakedown Films is based in Hamburg, Germany and Dublin, Ireland.


We believe in telling stories that are thought-provoking and explore the mysteries of the world. Our films – features and shorts – focus on drama, psychological thrillers and the supernatural. They combine original stories, powerful performances and striking visuals to appeal to an international audience.

At times we produce our own projects, at times we work as a writer/director team. We are currently developing a slate of features and shorts.

We are alumni of the Cannes Producers Workshop, the European Genre Forum, Stowe Story Labs and The Writers Lab Europe.


When we are not working on films, we work in theatre and advertising.


ninon schubert



Raised in Melbourne, Australia, Ninon is a bilingual English/German writer and producer. A postgraduate degree in film from the Hamburg Media School kicked off her screenwriting career. Since then she has worked as writer, line producer and producer on numerous short films which screened at many international festivals. She has also worked as a storyliner for a German daily TV series, an advertising content creator and as a writer on multimedia projects. She established Shakedown Films with Michael O’Connor to write and produce the award-winning feature SLEEPING DOGS and is currently developing a slate of feature projects.



michael o'connor

director/creative producer


Michael began his filmmaking career by attending a New York University screenwriting course in Dublin. Having discovered his passion for filmmaking, he went on to write and direct numerous short films and trailers. Since setting up Shakedown Films with Ninon Schubert he has directed and produced the award-winning feature SLEEPING DOGS, as well as a series of short films. His latest short is currently in post-production. Since 2015, Michael's love of strong drama and working with actors has also led him to branch out into stage direction: ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller, AN INSPECTOR CALLS by J.B. Priestley and, most recently, AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Amy Herzog.