After studying filmmaking at Université de Montréal and stage art direction at the National Theatre School, André-Line Beauparlant became a prolific artistic director on more than 20 indie features, including Gaz Bar Blues, La moitié gauche du frigo (The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge), Incendies, En terrains connus (Familiar Grounds), Inch'allah, 4 soldats (4 Soldiers) and Tu dors Nicole (You're Sleeping, Nicole).

In 2000, she directed her first feature documentary Trois princesses pour Roland (Three Princesses for Roland), which won the Best Direction Award at Hot Docs in 2002. Her next two films — Le petit Jésus (Little Jesus), winner of the Best Direction Award at Hot Docs in 2005, and Panache — which won her the recognition of her peers and the filmmaking community. Pinocchio is her fourth documentary feature.