Johan Grimonprez was born in Roeselare, Belgium in 1962. He studied at the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York.
Grimonprez achieved international acclaim with his film essay, 'Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y'.
Grimonprez's 'Looking for Alfred', 2005, plays with the theme of the double through simulations and reversals. The point of departure is the film director Alfred Hitchcock and his legendary guest appearances in his own films. Looking for Alfred won the International Media Award (ZKM, Germany) in 2005 as well as the European Media Award in 2006. His full-length feature, 'Double Take', 2009, received the Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi film festival, a Spirit Award, and was an official selection of both the Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals. His film, 'Shadow World' was awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute and had its premiere at Tribeca FF in April 2016. Grimonprez is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York.