Rafaël Ouellet was born in Matagami, Quebec, and studied at CÉGEP de Jonquière. He has directed numerous concert films, videos and television projects. He edited Denis Côté's feature Les États nordiques (05) and shot Côté's Nos vies privées (07), both of which screened at the Festival. He made his feature directing debut with Le Cèdre penché (07), which screened at last year's Festival. Derrière moi (08) is his second feature.