Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. The self-taught filmmaker, Asger K. Bartels decided after high school to put his money where his mouth was. He started saving up money. Working multiple jobs as a waiter and bartender while writing the script for what was to become his first feature film "Natsværmer" ("Dream State").
At the age of 21 his feature film premiered at CPH:PIX, the biggest feature film festival in Denmark.