Peter Baranowski was born in 1979 in Frankfurt. He initially studied physics and Arabic language and literature at the Universities of Heidelberg, Berlin and Oxford, before travelling around the Mediterranean for several months in 2005 to do a TV documentary on behalf of an Arab channel. In 2006 he began his film and TV direction studies at the University of Television and Film (HFF) in Munich. Since then he has directed several short films. In 2009 he co-founded Passanten Filmproduktion together with Michael Krummenacher.