Bernd Lichtenberg was born in Leverkusen in 1966 and grew up in Bergisch Gladbach. After graduating from high school, he studied philosophy and religion studies, first in Cologne and Bonn, then in Berlin.
In 1991 and 1992 he participated in the Screenwriting Workshop „Drehbuchwerkstatt München”. He completed his film studies from 1992 to 1995 at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and, in 1995, won the North Rhine Westphalia Culture Ministry Screenwriting Award. He has been working as a freelance screenwriter ever since.
In 1997, he himself directed a short film he wrote: Déjà vu is a chamber piece with Katrin Saß and Wolfgang Winkler.
He won the German Script Award 2002 and the European Script Award 2003 for the screenplay of the film „Good bye, Lenin!”. He lives in Cologne and Berlin.