* 1954 in Mainz; studied German language and literature, journalism, sociology
Professional film work since the mid-1970s as author, director and producer of numerous short and feature-length documentaries - including "Der Kinomann", "Der Störenfried", "Deckname Dennis" and "Die Mondverschwörung". Awards et al within the German and Hessian Film Awards.
Since 1986 Frickel has been chairman and managing director of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm/AG DOK (the largest association for independent film in Germany) and has also been active in various film and cultural policy functions - for example on the board of directors and presidium of the Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, on the board of directors of the VG Bild-Kunst, as delegate of the rights owners in the VG Wort, on the advisory board of the Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten (VFF) and the Künstlersozialkasse. For several years he was spokesman for the Film/Media Section of the "German Cultural Council". Frickel was also co-founder and until 1999 board member of the European Documentary Film Network EDN.