Directors

Abbas Kiarostami

Biography:
Born on June 22nd 1940 in Tehran, Kiarostami became interested in the arts at an early age. He won a painting competition at the age of eighteen and left home to study at Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. He worked throughout the 1960s as a commercial designer and illustrator making commercials, designing posters, creating credit titles for films and illustrating children’s books.
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Bahram Beyzaï

Biography:
Bahram Beyzai (Director, Producer, Screen-writer and Editor) was born in Tehran, Iran on 26 December 1938. He was introduced to the world of art when he was still very young. In high school he wrote two historical plays which eventually became his preferred method of writing. He then entered University of Tehran, but did not finish his studies due to lack of interest in the subject he was studying.
It was then that he started researching Iranian theatre and epic literature. At the age of 21 he did an extensive research on the « Book of Kings » (Shahname) and Tazieh which is Iranian traditional plays. He also studied the pre-Islamic history and familiarized himself with Persian painting.
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Amir Naderi

Biography:
Amir Naderi was born in Iran in 1945 in the Persian Gulf port of Abadan, a city built around the world’s largest oil refinery.
Orphaned at an early age and living the life of a street urchin, Naderi had to survive by selling ice, working as a shoeshine boy and recycling empty beer bottles.
In his early teens, Naderi left Abadan and travelled to Tehran where he managed to obtain work as a still photographer on movie sets – a job that he performed into his early twenties. He loved the cinema and quickly felt that it was where he belonged.
In 1970, Naderi directed his first feature film, ‘Khoda Hafez Rafigh’ (Goodbye Friend), and a year later completed  his second feature, ‘Tangna’.
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Ebrahim Forouzesh

Biography:
Born in Tehran in 1939 Ebrahim Forouzesh studied film and T.V directing at the college of Dramatic Arts. He started his carrer as a staff of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in 1970. As the Manager of the cinematographic centre for seven years, he was responsible for the production of over 70 films, shorts,  features and animations.
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Asghar Farhadi

Biography:
Asghar Farhadi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1972. Whilst at school he became interested in writing, drama and the cinema, took courses at the Iranian Young Cinema Society and started his career as a filmmaker by making super 8mm and 16mm films.
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Abdollah Alimorad

Biography:
Abdollah Alimorad was born in Tehran on the 22nd November 1947. From that moment on he was always attracted to painting and manual work. After passing his baccalauréat he enrolled at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts, which he unfortunately had to leave through lack of funds. Back in Tehran he enrolled at the Kanoon School of Animation (founded by Nourredin Zarrinkelk). Having received his diploma, he started work at Kanoon where he has various responsibilities on numerous projects. It is at Kanoon that he has produced his body of work.
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Ida Panahandeh

Biography:
Ida Panahandeh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1979. She obtained a degree in Film Photography in 2002 and a master’s in Film Direction in 2005, both from the Arts University of Tehran, where she began her film career with several short films.
After university she was invited to direct films for Iranian television, with which she won awards at numerous national festivals.
In 2009 she took part in the Berlin ’Talent Campus’.
Having as a central theme a woman’s place in modern society she has, throughout her work, focused on women’s rights. This she did with her first feature, ‘Nahid’, which won her worldwide acclaim.

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Reza Mirkarimi

Biography:  
Reza Mirkarimi was born on January 27, 1967 in Tehran where he graduated from the Fine Arts University in Graphic Arts. His cinema activities began in 1987 with a series of shorts followed by two TV series for young people.
His 1999 first feature, ‘The Child and The Soldier’, has won several national and international awards including the Golden Butterfly at the 1999 Isfahan International Children and Teenagers Film Festival, Iran and the Montgolfiere d’Argent at the 2000 Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes, France, as well as the Golden Shoe at the 2001 Children and Teenagers Film Festival in Zelin, Croatia.
‘The Child and The Soldier’, was released in France in 2001.
His 2000 second feature ‘Under the Moonlight’, dealing with social and religious issues, won the 40th Critics’ Week Best Feature Award at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival.
The film also won the Best Director’s Award as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Tokyo IFF.
A fifth feature, ‘As Simple As That’, won the 2008 Golden St George Best Film Award at the Moscow IFF.
Three of his films have been entered by Iran for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar:
‘So Close, So Far’, ‘A Cube of Sugar’ and ‘Today’.

His 2016 latest feature ‘Daughter’ won Golden George award for the Best Film, Silver George award for the Best Actor’s Performance ‘Farhad Aslani’ and Russian Film Clubs’ Federation award for the Best Film at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia 2016.

Reza Mirkarimi has also sat on several international film festival juries.


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Elchin Musaoglu

Biography:
Elchin Musaoglu Guliyev was born on July 11 1966 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is the writer and director of over 50 documentary films and a member of both The Union of Azerbaijan Cinematographers and The Union of Turkish Documentary Cinematographers. He is also one of the founders of The Society for the Support of Documentary Films and Filmmakers. His films have received both critical acclaim and won numerous international awards.
EDUCATION:
The Azerbaijan State Institute of Arts and Culture. Baku, Azerbaijan
Faculty of directors (1983-1989)
State Institute of Theatre Arts named after Lunacharsky, Mark Zakharov’s studio, Moscow, Russia.
Faculty of directors (1989-1990)

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TAHA KARIMI

Biography:
Born on November 30th 1976 in Baneh, Iranian Kurdistan, Taha graduated from the faculty of Cinema & Theatre at the University of Honar in Tehran in December 2005 and was studying for a master’s in Art research. In his short life he made numerous films and won many awards from various international film festivals. He passed away at the age of 37 in a tragic car accident in Iraqi Kurdistan on May 29, 2013.
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