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Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (b 1989, Tehran, Iran) is a filmmaker and writer. She got her BFA in cinema from the Art University of Tehran, and is currently a graduate student in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Anahita has been a student of Abbas Kiarostami for 5 years, and is influenced by his cinematic style. Being inspired by the rich culture of children’s cinema in Iran, specifically Kiarostami’s work, Anahita started to work on a trilogy of short films with children as the main characters. “When the Kid was a Kid” and “Needle” are the titles of the first two pieces which have been completed. Anahita is also the co-writer of the acclaimed feature film, “Mourning”, which is another project with the theme of childhood and parenthood.

 

Awards

2015 Meredith J. Long Prize, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

2015 Doha Film Institute Grant

2014 Sarah Jacobson Annual Film Grant

2013 Silver Hugo for Best Live-Action Short, Chicago International Film Festival

2013 Premier Prix de la Cinéfondation, Cannes Film Festival

2013 Honorable Mention in the Shortcut Competition, Tofifest International Film Festival

2013 Best Narrative Award, Eastern Breeze Film Festival

2013 The Award for Best Feature Screenply for "Mounring" from Avvantura Festival, Croatia (shared with Morteza Farshbaf)

2012 Special Mention for "When the Kid was a Kid" from the International Sardinia Film Festival, Italy

2012 Best Film and Best Directing Award for "When the Kid was a Kid" from the 9th Nahal Short Film Festival

2011 Best Short Film Award for "When the Kid was a Kid" from the 15th Festival of the Iranian Cinema (KHANEH CINEMA)

2011 Best Screenplay Award for "When the Kid was a Kid" from the 15th Festival of the Iranian Cinema (KHANEH CINEMA)

2011 Best Short Film and Best Screenplay Award for "When the Kid was a Kid" from the 4th Independent ISFA Festival

2009 Special Prize for "The Wind Blows Wherever It Goes" from the International Parvin Etesami Film Festival

2008 Crystal Globe from the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) for "The Wind Blows Wherever It Goes"

2008 Special Prize of the Iranian Society Of Film Critics & Writers (ISFCW) for "The Wind Blows Wherever It Goes"