Emilie Verhamme graduated from the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel in audiovisual arts in 2012, and received a master’s degree in law two years later. That same year, she debuted with the short Cockaigne, presented in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.

Her next film, Tsjernobyl Hearts (2013) won the Belgian Wildcard award, which permitted her to make the very low-budget Eau Zoo, produced by her production company, Holden Wallace.