Stefan Schaller was born in Munich in 1982. After completing his secondary education, he studied Politics and Theater in Munich. A stay in Central America was followed by practical experience in the field of cinema as a script developer for Boje Buck Produktion in Berlin. Schaller began studying Theatrical Direction at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in 2005. HANDS OFF MISSISSIPPI, for which he wrote the screenplay, was awarded both the Bavarian as well as the German Film Award for Best Children’s Film. In 2008 his mid-length film BÖSE BILDER was honored with the renowned Max Ophüls Award. In 2009 his short film JEDEM DAS SEINE was screened in the Perspectives German Cinema sidebar at the Berlin Film Festival.