After a trip to Niger in 1995 where he joined the film crew of the feature film Imûhar, Romain Claris worked on photography and then began to make very short films in 2000. He obtained in 2005 the State diploma from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français, and then joined the advertising agency Claris image builder as a video manager.
Alongside his agency work, he continues to make personal films, selected or rewarded at international film festivals. In 2017, the international film festival Pêcheurs du Monde entrusts him with the presidency of the Professional Jury. He has been co-directing the medium-length fiction film Voici que la nuit, a free adaptation around the novel by Yasunari Kawabata Nemureru Bijo, coming soon in 2018.