Frank Stiefel

Frank Stiefel

Director, Writer, Producer, Director of photography


Frank Stiefel is an award-winning television and film director and producer. He is best known for his work on the Hallmark Channel, including the network’s hit holiday movies.

Stiefel was born in New York City in 1965. He grew up in the suburban town of Scarsdale, NY and was the middle child in a family of three. He was an avid film fan from a young age, and was determined to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Stiefel attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television and earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1987. After graduating, he began working on various projects in the film industry, ranging from music videos, to commercials, to feature films.

In 1998, Stiefel made his television directorial debut with the CBS drama "Promised Land," starring Gerald McRaney and Wendy Phillips. His following directorial work included episodes of "Touched by an Angel," "The District," "JAG," and "The Division."

In 2006, Stiefel began his long-running relationship with the Hallmark Channel, directing the holiday film "The Christmas Card." The movie was a hit, and Stiefel went on to direct several more Hallmark Channel holiday films. His credits include "A Christmas Wish" (2011), "A Royal Christmas" (2014), and "Christmas Under Wraps" (2014).

In 2016, Stiefel directed "The Memory Book," his first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. The film, starring Ali Hillis and Jason Priestley, was a critical success and earned Stiefel a Directors Guild of America Award nomination.

Stiefel has also directed and produced numerous television movies for other networks, such as Lifetime and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. He is currently in post-production on his third Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "Every Day is a Miracle."

Stiefel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He remains passionate about film and television, and continues to work on projects that bring joy to audiences around the world.