Born in 1982 in Crespo, Argentina, Maximiliano studied Film and TV in the Córdoba National University and later graduated from the ENERC. He worked as an assistant director in films by Santiago Loza and Iván Fund, and directed the short films ESNORQUEL (2005), ENTRELUCES (2006) and INVERNARIO (2010). In 2012, he wrote and directed GERMANIA (2012), which was awarded the NDR Hamburg, Special Jury Award Bafici, Best Film and Best Director at Punta del Este. Schonfeld was then invited to participate at the DOX:LAB, program held by the Copenhagen Film Festival, for which he directed the medium-length AUSTER, with Estonian director Kadri Kõusaar. His second feature film, THE BLACK FROST (La Helada Negra), was selected at the Berlinale Panorama in 2016.