Barbara Gebler was born in 1963 in Rheinfelden. She first studied German, History and Philosophy at the University of Constance,
followed by an apprenticeship and work as an editor in London, Wiesbaden and Mainz. She then studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Her films include: the shorts Die Ermittler (1992), Selber schuld (1994), Svevo (music video, 1995), Fangt schon mal an (1996), I Like the Fire (1996), A Rough Idea (Geheime Plaene, 1997), 40 Love (1999), and the feature Salamander (2000), her graduation film from the dffb.