Kirsten Niehuus was born in Hamburg, Germany. She studied law and began her legal career working on copyright and media issues. In 1991 she moved into the film business and became a lawyer for the German national film fund - Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) in Berlin. Niehuus then moved to the private sector in 1995 working as a legal advisor for Senator Film GmbH. In 1999 she returned to the FFA as the acting director. In November 2004 she was appointed managing director of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for the film funding department. In addition, in 2002 she was elected Vice-President of the German-French film meetings (Das Deutsch-französische Filmtreffen / Les rendez-vous franco-allemands du cinéma) for a term and she continues in this engagement as a board member. From 2000 to 2006 she was the German representative to Eurimages as well as its Vice-President for two years. Since 2011 Kirsten Niehuus is also a member of the board of directors of German Films.