Selection committee members 2021

Ata Mojabi

Ata Mojabi, born in 1982, is a filmmaker, screenwriter and filmmaking educator from Iran and a member of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA). Since 2012, he has been cooperating with the Iranian Youth Cinema Society as an educator and expert, and is currently the director of the Tehran branch office of the Iranian Youth Cinema Society.

He is a graduate of IYCS film school, and has also received his master’s degree in dramatic literature from the Arts and Architecture faculty of Tehran Azad University. As a screenwriter and director, he has made 11 short fiction and experimental films since 2004, all of which are efforts to invent a personal tone and style in Noir film and experimental cinema.

So far, he has collaborated with several international film festivals (such as 36th Tehran Short Film Festival – 12th  Globe International Silent Film Festival (GISFF) ) as a selection committee and has also participated in several regional short film festivals as a selection committee and jury.

In addition to making short films, Mojabi has experiences as script writer for web series, as well as production designing and producing short films, and has collaborated with several Iranian and European teams in this field, and in this regard has won awards in international Pitching competitions.



No.20, 19th Str, Gandhi Str, Vanak Square, Tehran, Iran

Atefeh Khademolreza

Atefeh Khademolreza is an award-winning director and animator born in Iran and living in Toronto, Canada. Atefeh is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Atefeh’s films have screened at prestigious film festivals around the world.  She is awarded Micki Moore Residency at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF’21). She is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Asian Film Academy and Reelworld E20. In 2020, she received a Toronto Art’s Council grant for her animated short film, ‘Father Tree’. Atefeh is driven to tell stories about women, immigration, and identity. Her work explores the experience of disorientation and reorientation both culturally and socially. She has an MFA in Film Production from York University in Canada and has made 16 short films, two features and they have been showcased and awarded in many festivals globally, including Berlinale, Vienna, Busan and Bogota. She has been a jury member for a variety of film festivals.

Hafez Ahi

Born on 1980 in Tehran. Author, Filmmaker and film scholar. Ahi has a B.A in Cinema from Sooreh Art University and an M.A in Film Studies from University of Tehran. Before he started making films, Ahi studied theatre and acting in Germany and appeared in many plays and won some awards. He also hosted a show about Iranian Cinema and Theatre on national radio for over ten years.

Ahi writes as an author, and as an educator in periodical journals and magazines such as Film and Filmnegar. He directs and produces short films, documentaries and TV shows, and teaches in Tehran’s film schools and art universities.

Hafez Ahi collaborates with IYCS since he became an alumnus as a member of the education committee.

Nima Abbaspoor

Date of Birth: 1974

Nima Abbaspour is born on 1974. He has written and directed ten short films and four documentaries. He worked as casting director for Veit Helmer the German filmmaker. He has also been the writer and assistant director of several projects. He teaches cinema at the Iranian Young Cinema Society. He used to be a member of the Iranian Short Film Association Board of Directors (2010 – 2015(. His film “The Jungle” was awarded UNICA silver medal in 2010. He has been the member of jury and film selection committee in several festivals.

Nooshin Meraji

Born 0891. One year course at Iranian Youth Cinema Association. She began
making short films in 4112, such as; Chicken for Dinner, Daddy’s Guest, Hard, Straight, Awake
and Brother. They were shown at national film festivals including the Tehran International Short
Film Festival, and also in film festivals around the world, including Belgrade, USA, Herat and
Noushin was nominated for best director for her film Brother and she won Best Film Script for
this film. This same film also won the Best Actor award at the Tehran International Short Film
Festival.this film was winner of the Razavi festival best actor and best film award and winner of
Mehr e Salamat best film award.
Her first feature film ‘ the son ‘ is winner of the Moscow best actor award and award the best film
on the main competition program of 24 moscow international filmfestival .
‘the son’ was selected in 01 rotterdam festival and prad festival (france).

Tiam Yabandeh

Born in Tehran, 1988

Master Of Fine Art, Major in Film, San Francisco Art Institute, California, 2013

Bachelor Of Fine Arts, Major in Scriptwriting, Art University of Tehran, 2010

Member of Short Film Association of Iran Since 2013

Producer, director and screenwriter of 10 short films such as: “White dwarfs”, Iran 2020 (In progress), “Reverence (Curtain call)”, Iran 2018, “The carrots”, San Francisco 2013 and “Still…”, Iran 2012

She also has had the experience of being in 15 Theater and short films as an actress since 2002

Her latest released short film “Reverence (Curtain call)” was world premiered in Oscar qualifying Santa Barbara international film festival, California 2019, and was the winner of best directing and cinematography of Tehran international short film festival, 2018.

Zohreh Zamani

Head of youth cinema society of Bandar Anzali. Iran

Participation of International film Festival as programmer :

j. 22nd Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey, 2011
k. 64th Cannes Film Festival, France, 12 -22 May 2011
L.Idfa international documentary film festival the Netherland 2011
m..Attending in 65th Locarno film festival 2012
Director of education and workshops of the 4th”Mowj” Kish film Festival 2021
I have got several international awards.

– As a jury:

– member of jury of Ghadir film festival in Bandar anzali 2002

– member of the international jury of Religion Today 13th film festival Itali 2010

– member of jury of the Dhaka international film festival Bangladesh 2012

– Jury chairman of the short & independent section of Dhaka international film festival 2014

– member of SIGNIS jury in RT filmfestival in Itali 2016

– member of jury in 6th Human rights film festival in Nepal 2018

– Member of the selection committee of the 33th Tehran International Short Film Festival 2018

– member of jury in 15th international Kazan film festival – Rusia 2019

– Member of the selection committee of the 35th Tehran International Short Film Festival 2020

– member of jury in 1th Eternal Ray film festival in India 2020