Born in Montreal in 1961, Jeanne Crépeau first studied history and anthropology. She later worked in radio before undertaking studies in Communications. In 1985, she participated in a training program offered by the National Film Board, and simultaneously co-directed her first short film, L'usure. In 1988, she founded Les Films de l'autre, which promoted independant productions and brought together a dozen young film makers. In 1989, she was invited to the Centre for Canadian Film in Toronto, where she directed Close Relations. In 1990, she wrote and filmed La tranchée, an episode selected by Radio-Québec for the series Fictions 16-26. In 1994, she exhibited Cartes sur table at Oboro Gallery. In 1992, in collaboration with the dance troupe Brouhaha Danse, she produced Claire et l'obscurité. In 1998, she wrote the script for her first feature-length film Revoir Julie.