Jean-Jacques Annaud (born October 1st, 1943) is a French film director. He was born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, France.
He began his career by directing television advertisements in the late 1960s to early 1970s. In his first feature film, Black and White in Color from 1976, he used personal experience obtained during his own military service in Cameroon. The film was awarded an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film.
His third film Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) received two C├ęsars for the best film and the best director.
For Seven Years in Tibet, a film adaptation of the life of Heinrich Harrer, he has received a life-long denial of entry to China.