Rafi Pitts was born in 1967 in Iran, where he spent his childhood in Tehran, living in a basement flat underneath a post-production studio. During the war between Iran and Iraq, in 1981, he fled the country and moved to Britain. He graduated in 1991 from Harrow College – Polytechnic of Central London with a degree in Film and Photography. His first short, IN EXILE (1991), was presented the same year at the London International Film Festival. In the 90’s, Pitts moved to Paris and worked as an AD for various directors, among them Leos Carax, Jacques Doillon and Jean-Luc Godard. His first feature, SEASON FIVE (1997), was the first Franco-Iranian co-production since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and premiered in Venice. SANAM (2000) was hailed by the French critics as “the Iranian 400 BLOWS”. His film IT'S WINTER (2006) premiered in Berlin.