Michael Koch was born in Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1982. From 2003 - 2008 he studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His short films have been screened at over 100 international film festivals worldwide and have won several awards. This was followed by two directorial works for Theater Kaserne Basel and the development of his feature film debut Marija (2016). The film premiered in the international competition of the Locarno Film Festival. It successfully screened at other festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Gothenburg and Angers and won national as well as international awards.
His second feature film Drii Winter (A Piece Of Sky) received an invitation to the competition of the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded a Special Mention by the jury. Drii Winter (A Piece Of Sky) enters the race as Switzerland's official entry for Best Foreign Language Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards® 2023.