Directors

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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Saeed Roostaee

Biography:
Saeed Roostaee was born in Tehran, Iran in 1989.
He graduated in Art and Cinema Direction from Sureh University.

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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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Mehrdad Oskouei

Biography:
Mehrdad Oskouei is an Iranian filmmaker, producer, photographer and researcher born in Tehran in 1969 and later graduating in film direction from the University of Arts.  His films have been screened at numerous festivals both at home and abroad to great critical acclaim, making him one of the major Iranian documentary makers. In 2010 Oskouei received the Dutch Prince Claus Award for his achievements.
He is a founding member of the Institute of Anthropology and Culture and has sat on several international film festival juries as well as being a cultural ambassador for the United Nation’s humanitarian committee UCHA.
He also teaches at film schools around Iran and is active in the Tehran Arts and Culture Association.
His film « The Last Days of Winter » was released in France in 2013 to both critical and public acclaim.

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Ali Karim

Biography:
Producer, actor, scriptwriter and director ALI KARIM was born in Tehran on October 10th 1977.
He was a theatre actor before appearing in films, notably in features such as “Sag Koshi” /2001 (Bahram Beyzaï) and “Mossafer-e Rey” / 2001 (Davoud Mirbagheri).
He then served as assistant director on various films, working especially with Dariush Mehrjuï on “Mum’s Guest” (Mehman-e Maman).
In 2008 he took part in Abbas Kiarostami’s directors’ workshop during which time he made his first short, « Yellow, Blue, Red ». He then worked as Kiarostami’s assistant on “Shirin” before completing a second short, “The Lift”.
His two shorts have been successful in numerous international film festivals.
On the back of his success ALI KARIM finally directed his first feature, “Pothole” in 2009. The film closed the Critics’ Week at the Venice Mostra the very same year.
« I Hate The Dawn » is his second feature.
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Majid Barzegar

Biography:
Born in 1973 in Hamedan Iran, Majid Barzegar holds a BA in Film and an MA in Dramatic Literature. He has made several short and documentary films. Rainy Seasons (2010), his first feature film, has been in official selection at festivals such as Rotterdam and Montreal.
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Ali Shojaie

Biography:
Ali Shojaie was born in 1981 in Boroujerd, Iran. Having graduated in medicine and become an MD, he now intends to follow cardiology in the USA. Despite having no previous cinematographic experience he started filmmaking at the Karamameh Film School under the guidance of  Abbas Kiarostami. ‘The Old Man’ is his first feature.
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Ali Ahmadzadeh

Biography:
Ali Ahmadzadeh was born in Tehran in 1986.
Despite being qualified in architecture, his interest in music led him to graduate from the Neinava Music University.
He is also a graduate in film direction from the Young Cinema Society.
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Adel Yaraghi

Biography:
Adel Yaraghi is an Iranian film maker born in September 1968. He holds a B.A (1998) and an MFA (2000) in film production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He started his film career as an assistant editor in Concord-New Horizons, a Roger Corman company. In 2004 he went back to Iran where he continues working as a film editor. He has made numerous short and promotional films both in Iran and the U.S.
Since 2007 he has actively and continuously attended Abbas Kiarostami’s film making workshop.
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Ebrahim Saeedi

Biography:
Director, editor and photographer, Ebrahim Saeedi was born in 1965 in Mahabad in Iranian Kurdistan. He has a B.A in Cinema from  the Arts University of Tehran.
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