DRAMA + DOCUMENTARY

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

Born in Iran, Amin is a writer/director based in Sydney. In 2006, he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Digital Arts from Australian National University (ANU), Canberra where his Honours project HIDDEN GENERATION was awarded ‘Best Documentary’ at LA Noor Film Festival.

In 2008, he completed the Masters in Screen Writing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), where he wrote CLOSE DISTANCE which was ‘Best Tertiary Short Film’ at ATOM Awards and was granted a Director’s Attachment on SAVED directed by AACTA Award Winner Tony Ayers.

In 2009, he wrote and directed VAFADAR (LOYAL) which was the ‘Bronze Prize Shorts Cinematography’ from Australian Cinematography Society Awards.

In 2011, he produced IMMIGRANTS & CIGARETTES, directed by Mike Kang, which was winner of ‘Best Short Film’ at Korean Film Festival. In the same year, Amin founded Australia’s first Persian International Film Festival, which showcases films by persian-speaking filmmakers to Australian audiences across the country.

In 2013, he received Australia Council Professional Development Grant and was part of the Australian delegation for Asian Side of the Doc.

In 2014, Amin’s debut feature documentary LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL was ‘Finalist for Excellence in Journalism’ at the prestigious Walkley Awards, ‘Winner of Audience Award’ at Sydney Film Festival, ‘Best Director Feature Documentary’ from the Australian Directors Guild, ‘Golden Phoenix Festival Prize’ from Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. The film was broadcast on ABC and in number of countries in Europe.

In 2015, he received his PhD in Film Studies from Australian National University (ANU) and was granted a Lecturer Position at Western Sydney University. In the same year, he edited the Screen Australia funded webseries ILUVUBUT, directed by Fadia Abboud and produced by Megan McMurchy. He was also nominated to be a member Screen NSW Industry Advisory Committee.

In 2016, he received Screen Australia support to be part of the Sunny Side of the Doc market and worked as a cinematographer on AFGHANISTAN BY CHOICE, directed by Sundance and Emmy Award winner Alexandria Bombach, which was the winner of Cine Awards in the same year.

In 2017, Amin began the development of his debut feature film ROAD TO BLOOMING CITY with co-writer AWIGIE and AACTA Award Winner Osamah Sami.

In 2018, Amin was granted a position as Screen Production Lecturer at University of New South Wales.

Currently, Amin is in post-production of BREAK, a proof of concept short film. He is also in the second phase of development of COMMON GROUND, a feature film with co-writer and co-director Eve Spence, which has received development funding through Screen NSW.

AWARDS

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

INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT

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