Florian Gallenberger was born in Munich in 1972. He studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. With his thesis film QUIERO SER (2000) Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards® and an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film. His debut feature SHADOWS OF TIME (2004) won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature, JOHN RABE (2009) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Bavarian Film Awards and four German Film Awards, including Best Film. His third feature film, COLONIA (2015) received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Film and was nominated for five German Film Awards. Gallenberger is also a professor at the University of Television and Film in Munich.