Florian Gallenberger is a director, writer and producer and one of the few Academy Award®-winners from Germany.
Gallenberger was born in Munich in 1972. From 1992 to 1998, he studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. He was a co-writer and director on Wim Wenders' student film project DIE GEBRÜDER SKLADANOWSKY, which received an award for Best Documentary at the Montreal Film Festival. In 1997, Gallenberger and his fellow student German Kral made the short film TANGO BERLIN, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival and won an award for Best Director in Bucharest. Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards® and an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film for QUIERO SER, which was shot in Mexico.
Gallenberger's feature film debut SHADOWS OF TIME, produced by Helmut Dietl and shot in India, won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature film, JOHN RABE, was shot in China. The historical drama, starring Ulrich Tukur, premiered at the International Film Festival in Berlin and received two Bavarian Film Awards and four German Film Awards, including Best Film.
In 2014, Gallenberger and COLONIA’s producer Benjamin Herrmann jointly produced Christian Zübert's tragicomedy TOUR DE FORCE, starring Florian David Fitz. Besides his film work, Gallenberger is a professor at Munich Film School. From 2010 to 2012, he and Herrmann were creative directors of the German Film Awards shows.