Sebastian Peterson was born in Hamburg in 1967. He made his first films on Super 8 at the age of 15 and initially worked as a bar pianist and salesman after his schooling. He then studied Film Editing the "Konrad Wolf" Academy for Film & Television in Babelsberg. During this time, he also worked as an author, editor and director on the shooting of video shorts which scored considerable success at festivals. The most well-known of these was his 12-minute student film Fake! which received a prize in 1998 as the Best Short at the Ophuels Festival in Saarbruecken. Heroes Like Us (Helden wie wir was his first feature film.