Liliane Ott was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1983 and raised by a single mother and flamboyant grandmother. Kicked out of high school at age 15, she re-located to Auckland, New Zealand at age 16 in order to go to film school. There she realised many projects as well as worked as a cocktail waitress, kebab vendor, marketing research lady and tour manager for a boy band.
She graduated from Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts in 2003 and returned to Zurich in 2004. Back home she decided to get a bit more serious and found herself a job in a small film production company called Das Kollektiv für audiovisuelle Werke GmbH. There she started as a production assistant but was given the opportunity to produce the Swiss side of the feature film “Soundless Wind Chime” in 2008. The film premiered at the Berlinale in 2009.
After coming back from Berlin she focused on developing and directing her own projects. In 2010 she wrote the scene “Trinkgeld” for the fourth edition of the Junge Talente DVD, which was put on screen by Anna Luif. The following autumn her first professionally realised theatre piece premiered at the Rote Fabrik in Zurich.
While developing her first feature film “Immer Weiter” within the Focal Kino-Stoffentwicklungsprogramm with the support of Lutz Konermann, Liliane spent all of 2011 on preparing “every once in a while” and producing several music videos for the Bern cult blues trash label Voodoo Rhythm Records.
During pre-production of “little bites” she was invited to take part in the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012. Another play written by her long-term film and theatre-dramaturg Stephan Teuwissen - and two more short films are to be expected by the end of 2013.