Directors

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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Pooya Badkoobeh

Biography:
Pooya Badkoobeh was born into a theatrical Tehran family on January 5th 1983. His father was a well-known children’s TV director and producer, so Pooya spent much of his childhood on set. He graduated in graphics from the Tehran School of Art in 2000 and then graduated in theatrical studies from the Azad University of Dramatic Art in 2005. Since 2003 he’s been working in TV advertising, making both commercial and cultural spots. Parallel to this, Pooya has also made 2 short films, both of which have won national and international awards. Dressage is his first feature film.
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Hamid Nematollah

Biography:
Born in 1967 Hamid Nematollah worked as an assistant director from 1993 until 1997. In 1996 he started writing for television and working on TV commercials. His series, WHITE ALARM, remains one of the most popular television events in recent Iranian history.
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Abbas Amini

Biography:
Abbas Amini, born on March 9, 1983 in Darab, southern Iran, started making short films at the age of 13.
In 2001 he moved to Tehran and worked on several feature films as director’s assistant before making documentary films orientated towards social and child welfare issues.
He went on to direct a number of shorts and documentaries dealing with the terrible consequences of the Iran/Iraq war.
His keen interest in child welfare led him to work, for the past 12 years, as a volunteer for the ‘Association for the Protection of Child Labourers’. The APCL, founded in 2002 as the first NGO to focus on the issue of child labour, educates underprivileged children and improves their skills and living conditions by working on their critical issues.
His first two features, focusing on youth, ‘Valderama’ (2016) and ‘Hendi and Hormoz’ (2018) were both selected for the Berlinale ‘Generation 14 Plus’ section. Numerous other international festivals have also screened the films to much critical acclaim. He has also sat as Jury member in the ‘Generation Section’ of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.
His latest work, ‘I am here!’ marks a new departure for him.

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Mona Zandi Haghighi

Biography:
Mona Zandi Haghighi was born on October 20, 1972 in Tehran, Iran. She is a Writer, Director, Producer and Editor of short films, documentaries and feature films. Her art works belong to the cinema of post-revolutionary Iran, which focuses on contemporary social issues within Persian culture.
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Navid Mahmoudi

Biography:
Navid Mahmoudi was born in Parvan, Afghanistan on September 23, 1980. He and his family moved to Iran when he was 6 years old. From a very early age he has been interested in films and cinema, developing a veritable passion for the 7th art.
Having started his professional career as an assistant director he went on to direct his own short films whilst also producing other works. He has produced of over 10 TV Movies.
In 2014 he produced his first feature, « A few Cubic Meters of Love », which was warmly received by both international critics and the public.
In 2016 he directed his first feature « Parting », before going on to produce « Rona, Azim’s Mother » in 2018. All three films were selected as Afghanistan’s official Oscar entries.
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Jamshid Mahmoudi

Biography:
Jamshid Mahmoudi was born on March 29, 1983 in Parvan, Afghanistan. Hardly one-year-old his family sought refuge in Pakistan and then in Iran. He developed his passion for cinema from a very early age. Having obtained his high-school diploma he passed the entrance exam for Tehran’s University of Art but preferred working on projects with his film producer brother, Navid Mahmoudi. He was assistant director before directing his first TV film in 2008.
In 2012, thanks to Navid’s support, he directed his first feature, ‘A few Cubic Metres of Love’, inspired by a true story that took place in Kabul.
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Safi Yazdanian

Biography:
Born in Tehran in 1960, Safi Yazdanian graduated in Cinema from the city’s University of Arts in 1988.
He began his career as a reviewer and columnist in numerous well-known Iranian magazines.
In 1995 he ventured into filmmaking with a series of documentaries and in 2005 directed his first short fiction, ‘My Boats’, winning the best film award at the Tehran Short Film Festival.
‘What’s The Time In Your World?’ is his first feature.

In French
Né Le 6 septembre 1960 à Téhéran, Safi Yazdanian est diplômé de cinéma à l’Université des Arts de Téhéran en 1988.
Il commence d’abord sa carrière comme critique et essayiste dans de prestigieuses revues iraniennes.
En 1995, il débute dans le cinéma en réalisant de nombreux documentaires, puis se lance en 2005 dans la fiction avec « Mes bateaux » qui obtient le prix du meilleur film au Festival du court métrage de Téhéran.
« Quelle Heure Est-Il Dans Ton Monde? » est son premier-long métrage.
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Navid Danesh

Biography:
Born in Oroumieh, Iran, in 1985, Navid DANESH fell in love with cinema at university. After graduating with a degree in English translation in 2006 he began filmmaking at the workshops of well-known directors Abbas KIAROSTAMI and Asghar FARHADI, directing five shorts. His latest short film, “Duet”, was selected for the ‘Cinefondation Selection’ of the 2013 Cannes IFF.

In French
Né à Oroumieh (Iran) en 1985, Navid DANESH est tombé amoureux du cinéma alors qu’il faisait des études de traduction de langue anglaise à l’université. Après avoir obtenu sa licence en 2006, il commence à réaliser des courts métrages dans les ateliers d’Abbas KIAROSTAMI et d’Asghar FARHADI. Son dernier court métrage, « Duet » a été sélectionné en 2013 à la Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes.
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Ebrahim Irajzad

Biography:

Ebrahim Irajzad was born on July 19th 1981 in Mashhad, Iran. He received his BA degree in Film Direction at Isfahan’s Sooreh University in 2006. He then directed a series of short films that gained both national and international success. His 2012 short, A Few Kilometers Away, was selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, amongst others.
His 2016, short, Reed Bed, was awarded the second prize for best film adaptation at the Tehran Short Film Festival.
His first feature, Searing Summer, was selected for the competition section of the 35th Fajr Film Festival, receiving the ‘Crystal Phoenix’ for best cinematography and editing. It went on to gain much international acclaim and win many awards.


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