Stefan Majakowski was born near Minsk and was educated in France, the United States, and Canada, specializing in music composition, photography, and classical languages. He has conceived and realized mixed-media works that combine film, theatre and electronic music as well as directing documentaries.
He was commissioned by the city of Amsterdam to create innovative audio-visual works for a period of two years. In 1999 he founded the Shadow Festival (Amsterdam) in order to accent the most creative qualities in the documentary cinema. His further activities have included: guest lecturer at the Netherlands Film Academy, columnist (writing on television) for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, member of the advisory committee for documentary of the Netherlands National Film Fund.