Yousef was born in 1972 in Tehran. From childhood on he was involved in film business due to his older brother Jafar Panahi. He coordinated the logistics of productions and played small roles in his brother’s films. Besides he build up his own business. In 2006 he started his career in cinema and TV as a production manager and executive producer. Also he was the producer and executive producer of several Iranian Art House films like THIS IS NOT A FILM and TAXI by Jafar Panahi. Recently Yousef started a new platform to develop and produce Iranian avantgarde films, PARADISE is one of these films.