Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Anahita received her BFA in film from Tehran University of Art and her MFA in studio arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When the Kid was a Kid (2011, Iran), Needle (2013, US) and The Baron in the Trees (2015, US) form the trilogy of short films directed by her with children as main characters; Childhood and parenthood, family theater, and exploring notions of growth and gender identity are the main themes of these works. Anahita is the winner of the First Cinéfondation Award at Cannes Film Festival and the Silver Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival among other awards, and has showed her films in several venues including Melbourne International Film Festival, Moscow Shorts Film Festival, Frankfurt Film Festival, Queersicht Film Festival in Bern, Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Yasujiro Ozu Film series in Italy, the Lowry art gallery in Manchester and Nhasan Collective in Hanoi. Anahita was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent filmmaking in 2013 by the Filmmaker Magazine. She was a writing fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab in January 2013, and she is also the co-writer of the acclaimed feature film, Mourning (2011, Iran).  In 2016 she made the short film What Remains she as part of a collective international project called Break the Silence that aims to increase public knowledge and engagement against exploitation of children and use. Anahita is currently working on the pre-production of her first feature film They. As part of her Cinéfondation ward, the film is guaranteed to premiere in Cannes Film Festival.