Barbara Eder was born in Eisenstadt, Austria, in 1976. She studied film directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2002, she has worked as a freelance director and author in film and television. Her first motion picture, INSIDE AMERICA, received the Special Award of the Jury at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2011. Her documentary PROFILERS, GAZE INTO THE ABYSS (2013) received a Romy, an Austrian award for film and television productions. Her second feature film, THANK YOU FOR BOMBING (2015), was designated best Austrian film (Austrian Film Award), best German-language film (Schweizer Filmfest), and best film (Filmkunstfest Schwerin). Eder also received the award for best director (Austrian Film Award) as well as the Fipresci Award in Schwerin. In addition to her latest series WEST OF LIBERTY, her film VIENNA CONFIDENTIAL is being shown as one of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN's New German TV Movies this year.