Katariina Lillqvist was born in 1963 in Tampere, Finland. She is a director and scriptwriter who currently lives and works in the Czech Republic. After studying filmmaking, she began editing documentaries for television before moving to Prague in 1989. While working at the Trnka Studios, she acquired extensive skills in puppet animation. She then began directing her own puppet films in 1991. After a tentative beginning with »Marie«, she continued to develop further with each new film, drawing inspiration from the works of Franz Kafka. Her film, »The Country Doctor«, won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1996.
Lillqvist is a chairperson of film co-operative Camera Cagliostro (FI/CZ), a producer at the animation studio Mamiwata (CZ), and the driving force behind the Prague Puppet Museum (CZ). Between 2001- 2003 she made a puppet animation series for TV, which was based on ancient romani folk tales. In 2004, she made »Romanytheater« / »Romaniteatteri« about Czech Romani refugees, and in 2008, she directed a 60 minute film about the history and culture of Finnish Roma people titled »This Country Was Not Mine« / »Eihän tämä maa minun omani ollut part«.
Currently, Lillqvist is participating in »A Train to Spain«, a travelling installation of mixed media. The installation is being produced by Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish filmmakers, together with German, Belgian, French and Spanish guest artists. Lillqvist released her puppet animation »Baby box« in March 2015. This is a black comedy portraying the abandoned children of a post-socialistic society.