Ate de Jong studied at the Filmacademy of Amsterdam. He directed 6 feature films in The Netherlands before moving to Hollywood. His first directing assignment was an episode of Miami Vice (starring Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, James Brown and Chris Rock) His US features include: Highway to Hell (starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Gilbert Gotfried and Ben Stiller) and Drop Dead Fred (starring Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Marsha Mason and Bridget Fonda). He made a comedy radio show for NPR broadcasted nationwide in the USA.

Living in London he directed All Men Are Mortal (starring Stephen Rea, Irene Jacob, Chiara Mastroianni and Marianne Saegebrecht) based on the book of Simone de Beauvoir and the sexy thriller Fogbound (starring Luke Perry and Ben Daniels). He produced international pictures Left Luggage (Isabella Rossellini, Maximilian Schell and Topol) and The Discovery Of Heaven (Stephen Fry). He recently made Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey with Raindance. And Love Is Thicker Than Water starring Johnny Flynn, Lydia Wilson, Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman. Ate de Jong also wrote a book with party games for children.