Lanxi Ruan was born in China, Changsha, in 1991, and is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Berlin. She studied Directing at The Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) and holds a M.F.A on Literature of Film and Drama in Si Chuan University. In 2022, she won the Fotograf Magazine annual open call contest with her series Soft Animal. In 2021, her semi-autobiographical film Berlin, Without Me was a finalist in the Doha Film Fund.