Born in Berlin in 1973 to French-Iranian parents, Emily Atef moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of seven and to France at the age of 13. Later she went to London to work as an actress on the London stage. After returning to Germany in 2001, she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), finishing in 2008. After short films such as „From XX to XY. Fighting to be Jake“ (2002) and „Sundays“ (2003), and an acting role in Angela Schanelec‘s „Marseille“ (2004), Atef and co-author Esther Bernstorff received the German Film Award for Best Screenplay for her first feature film „Molly‘s Way“ (2006) at the Munich Film Festival. Her numerous other awards also include the Grand Prix of the Jury of the Festival in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Her second feature film, „The Stranger in Me“ (2008), about a mother who falls into severe depression following the birth of her child, premiered in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes International Film Festival and also received numerous awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. With a scholarship from the Cinéfondation at the Résidence Du Festival in Cannes, Emily Atef, again with Esther Bernstorff, wrote the screenplay for her third feature film, “Kill Me“, which deals with the morbid pact between a 15-year-old girl and an escaped convict. The production was awarded Best European Film at the Bradford International Film Festival. More recently, Emily Atef filmed the TV drama „Macht euch keine Sorgen!“ – about a family whose teenage son joins ISIS – in Palestine and Berlin.