STEFFI NIEDERZOLL was born in Nuremberg in 1981. She studied audiovisual media at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) and the Escuela de Cine y Television in Cuba (EICTV) from 2001 to 2007. Her short films have screened successfully at numerous renowned national and international film festivals such as the Berlinale. She has taken part in various directing masterclasses and was a scholarship holder at the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Turkey.
In addition to her ﬁlm work, she is also involved in interdisciplinary artistic endeavours. She was a member of the core group of the collective „1000 Gestalten“, which caused a worldwide furore with its performance during the G20 summit in Hamburg. Her collective works have been presented at the Brecht Festival, the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde and Vejle, Denmark, among others. Together with Shole Pakravan, she wrote the book „Wie man ein Schmetterling wird“, which was published by Berlin Verlag in January 2023. SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHERAN is her first long documentary film and her debut as a director.