Niki Karimi was born in Tehran on November 10, 1971. She started her career as an actress since 1989. In 1995 she was awarded the silver shell for best Actress in San Sebastian film festival and Nantes film festival award for Sara By Darioush Mehrjuii. She also won the best actress award for her performance in two women in Taormina film festival in Italy and in Cairo film festival in Egypt. Jury member in Thessaloniki film festival, In Dubai, Rennes, Middle East, Damascus and Locarno film festival, also a translator and a photographer. In 2001 she made a documentary about infertility. She premiered her first directing job with "To have or not to have", which won "The Rain" documentary award in Iran. One night, is her first feature film, Official selection in Cannes film festival (2005).