Horst J. Sczerba was born in Krefeld. He studied Medicine and worked as a doctor for many years before he turned to radio, film and television. In 1991, he wrote his first screenplay for the Tatort-episode Blutwurstwalzer, directed by Wolfgang Becker. A year later, he and Becker edited the screenplay into the award-winning television film Kinderspiele (1992), followed by his highly-acclaimed directorial debut Die Schamlosen (1994), with Juergen Vogel and Meret Becker in the leading roles. His other films include: Eine unmoegliche Hochzeit (1996), Die Unschuld der Kraehen (1997) - winner of the German Television Award, the road movie Halt mich fest (TV, 1999) and Heart (Herz, 2001).