Award-winning Filmmaker, Gabriela Tscherniak, was born in Riga, Latvia, and is fluent in four languages. She is of German-Jewish descent and derives from a family of distinguished musicians and artist such as the famed “Arkadij Rajkin.” (Russia’s Charlie Chaplin, legendary Regime critic, Comedian and founder of the prestigious “Satirycon Theater Moscow”). She started as a director’s assistant in theatre productions in Berlin, and moved on to be a photographer for bands and fashion labels. During her film studies at Central St. Martins, London and the Erasmus exchange at Pratt Institute New York, she completed several shorts that went into international festival circulation.
She successfully attended the AFI directing program, after which she completed her award winning youth drama BERLIN NIGHTS. Gabriela then signed to direct the Psycho Thriller SOUND HUNTER with Kings Road Ent. LA.
In 2007 she was hired to creative produce and direct the TV series TUNGUS METEORITE for Amedia Moscow. After that she worked on a couple of episodes of the Russian TV Series Adaptation “Married with Children” (Sony Moscow).
2008 she was one of eight European directors that were invited to prepare and pitch a 54 min fiction documentary for the ESA (European Space Agency) and has won the competition and directed in addition several commercial spots for ESA.
2009/10/11 she directed several Episodes of the Russian CSI adaptation "Sljed" for the 1st Russian TV channel. For 2013 she is in preparation to direct the US Romantic Comedy "Legal Affairs" (Producer: Josef Steinberger at Rheingold Films GmbH )