Angela Steffen was born in Dannenberg, Germany in 1979. She lived in Ras Tanura, Saudi-Arabia, until the Gulf War in 1990 when the family moved back to Germany. From 2001 to 2002 she studied animation at the Animation School Hamburg, and then at the Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, graduating in 2009. Whilst at the Filmakademie, she developed a personal and poetic style culminating in Lebensader, her diploma film. Her previous film was Wie Ich Mich Traf.