M  +61 422 942 494
E   amin@palangi.com.au

Amin Palangi is an award-winning filmmaker known for his intimate and captivating portrait of people in extreme circumstances.

His debut documentary, LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL, won the Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival, Best Direction from the Australian Directors Guild and was released theatrically in Australia and broadcast internationally in over twenty-six countries. His credits also include several award-winning short films such as BREAK, CLOSE DISTANCE and his AFTRS graduating film VAFADAR (LOYAL), and web series including Screen Australia funded I LUV U BUT. As a cinematographer, Amin received a Cine Award for AFGHANISTAN BY CHOICE, directed by Sundance and Emmy Award winner Alexandria Bombach.

Amin founded the Persian Film Festival in Australia in 2011 and has been the director of the program since. He holds a PhD in film studies from ANU, an MA in screenwriting from AFTRS, and is the Screen Production Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Amin’s recent feature film Tennessine, starring Osamah Sami (Ali’s Wedding, Shayda), premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2023 and is due to release in early 2024.


2019     Winner of Best Short Film, Top Shorts Film Festival – Break
2019     AACTA Awards Social Shorts Nominee – Sheltered
2019     Winner of Zest Awards, Western Sydney Community Forum – Sheltered
2017     Winner of Golden Eagle, CINE Award – Afghanistan by Choice
2016     Winner of Golden Pheonix, Fajr Int. Film Festival – Love Marriage in Kabul
2015     Winner Best Director, Australian Director’s Guild – Love Marriage in Kabul
2014     Winner, Sydney Film Festival Audience Choice Award – Love Marriage in Kabul
2014     Winner, Canberra International Film Festival – Love Marriage in Kabul
2014     Finalist, The Walkley Documentary Award – Love Marriage in Kabul
2014     Finalist, Film Critics of Australia Award – Love Marriage in Kabul
2013     Grant recipient, Australian Council for the Arts
2012     Winner of Best Short film at Korean Film Festival – Immigrant and Cigarettes
2008     Winner of Best Documentary, Noor Film Festival, LA – Hidden Generations
2008     Winner of Best Tertiary Short Film, ATOM Awards – Close Distance


2017      Jury Member, Sydney Film Festival – Best Documentary Category
2015      Australian Delegation, Sunny Side of the Doc in France
2015      Jury, ATOM Awards – Best Documentary Category
2015      Panelist, Australian Centre of Photography – Imagining Iran
2014      Jury, Antenna Documentary Film Festival
2014      Jury, Sydney Latin American Film Festival
2013      Australian Delegation, Asian Side of the Doc
2012      Jury, Colourfest Film Festival
2012      Video Curator, TEDx Parramatta
2011      Presenter, ViViD Creative Sydney – Imagemakers: Visual Enchantment
2011      Jury, 48 Green Hour Film Festival
2010     Panelist, Sydney Film Festival – Challenges faced by Iranian filmmakers