Florian Cossen was born in Tel Aviv in 1979 and spent his childhood in Israel, Canada, Spain and Costa Rica before completing high school in Germany. He began working as an assistant director before studying Film Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg from 2002-2009. During that time he made several short films, including WOLF'S NIGHT and L'OUBLI (co-dir. Antonin Monmart). He was a visiting student at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires in 2006 and received a scholarship to attend a Hollywood Perspective workshop at UCLA (2005). His features include THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (2010) and COCONUT HERO (2015).