Frédéric Fonteyne was born in 1968 in Brussels. Fascinated by literature, drawing and painting, he began his studies of realization at the IAD in Belgium.
He directed several short films that won prizes in numerous festivals: Bon anniversaire Sergent Bob (1988), Les Vloems (1989), La Modestie (1991) and Bob le déplorable (1993). He then directed four feature films, all of which were very successful, three of them being screened at the Venice Mostra: Max et Bobo (1997), Une liaison pornographique (1999), La femme de Gilles (2004) and Tango Libre (2012).
His latest film Filles de joie, co-directed with Anne Paulicevich, was released in theaters in early 2020.
Frédéric Fonteyne also regularly runs actors' and directors' laboratories in film and theater schools in Belgium, France and Switzerland.