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 directs the Persian Film Festival in Australia, he teaches screen production at UNSW and directing at AFTRS. Amin was also a member of the Screen NSW Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee.
Amin is currently in post-production of his feature debut TENNESSINE starring Osamah Sami (Ali’s Wedding). He is also in development of COMMON GROUND, co-creating with Eve Spence, which received early development funding from Screen NSW, and has just completed the inaugural Attagirl program.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
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