Gabriele Heberling studied German Studies and Sport in Tuebingen, followed by studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. She has worked as an editing assistant and as a directing assistant at the Schiller Theater in Berlin. Her shorts have screened at numerous international film festivals, with Yok winning the First Prize of the Pedagogical Academy Berlin. Since then, she has directed numerous TV movies, including: Bier - Anschlag auf das Oktoberfest (1997) and Die Kumpel (2001), several episodes for the television series the HeliCops - Einsatz ueber Berlin, Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei, and Im Namen des Gesetzes. 4 Pals and a Dog Called Mozart (4 Freunde & 4 Pfoten, 2003) is her feature film debut.