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

Amin Palangi is an Iranian-Australian filmmaker, known for his intimate and captivating portrait of people in extreme circumstances. His debut feature documentary, Love Marriage in Kabul, was a finalist at the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, winner of Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival, Best Director from the Australian Directors Guild. His credits also include several award-winning short films such as Hidden Generation, Immigrants and Cigarettes and Close Distance as well as several web-series including Screen Australia funded I luv u but.

Amin holds a PhD in film studies from the Australian National University and MA from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). He has taught screen production courses at the tertiary and university level at JMC Academy, Western Sydney University and the University of New South Wales and was nominated as a member of Screen NSW’s Film Industry Advisory Committee.

During his time at Information and Cultural Exchange, Amin developed a new stream of Screen Culture Programs and produced several Screen NSW funded short films and web-series.

In 2016, he worked as a cinematographer with Sundance and Emmy award-winning director Alexandria Bombach on Afghanistan by Choice, which went on to win Pulitzer Center’s Cine Award and directed AACTA Awards nominated short film Seltered.

Amin’s recent work, Break, won the Best Short Film award from the Top Short Film Festival and is continuing to be screened at international film festivals.

Currently, he is in the financing stage of Common Ground, a feature film with co-director Eve Spence.


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