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Azadeh Nikzadeh

Writer, Director, Editor

Azadeh Nikzadeh is a writer, director and editor. She was the only recipient from Iran to be awarded the prestigious fellowship from Asian Film Academy, Busan International Film Festival in 2010 and had the chance to study directing with the renowned Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami which shaped her directing style.

Azadeh was the first female filmmaker from her city, Shiraz, to present her short film “Whisper/ Najva” at Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival in 2012. She attended master classes with the great Thai director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Dardenne brothers while she was at Cannes. “Whisper” continued to screen in many film festivals including the prestigious Jogya - NETPAC Asian Film Festival. She was awarded as the Top Youth of her Province by Iran’s Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2012 for her activities and success as a filmmaker.

Although Azadeh is mainly a narrative filmmaker, her stories come from real characters, events and experiences. Azadeh strongly believes in equal opportunities for women and participated in many filmmaking projects about or done by female filmmakers. She is a proud member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and New York Women Flmmakers group. She was a jury member in Winter Film Awards in 2017.