Jafar Najafi (filmmaker)

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Jafar Najafi, Iranian filmmaker and photographer. Born in 1986.[1][2]. He started his career in cinema as sound assistant and photographer from when he was just 17[1]; Later on he developed his career and worked as an assistant director and cameraman in some projects[2]. After around 10 years of his early start on this career, he made his first television documentary named "To the color of existence" in 2018 for IRIB channel of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province|Chahar-Mahal-Bakhtiyari[2][3]. In 2019 he made Asho that attracted a lot of attention among Iranian cinema society[1][4][5] and also internationally[6][7]

Najafi is more interested in picturing traditional beliefs and faiths from his own culture and how they affect people's life, women rights or child[1], and you can see this vision vividly in both of his films.


Year Title Genere Other
2018 To the color of existence Documentray Chahar-Mahal-Bakhtiyari
2019 Asho Short Documentary

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref
2019 Leipzig DOK Festival Short Animated & Documentary Film Asho Winner [8]
2019 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Children's Documentary Asho Winner [9]
2019 Cinema Vérité Iran International Documentary Film Festival Best Short Documentary Asho Winner [10]
2020 Big Sky Film Festival Best Short Documentary Asho Nominated [11]
2020 Fribourg International Film Festival Best Short Film Asho Winner [12]
2020 EBS International Documentary Festival Short Documentary Comepetition Asho Nominated [13]
2020 É Tudo Verdade International Short Film Competition Asho Nominated [14]
2020 Lessinia Film Festival Premio Lessinia D'Oro Award for Best Film Asho Winner [15]
2020 Millenium International Documentary Film Festival Shorts International Competition Asho Nominated [16]
2020 DOQUMENTA International Documentary Film Festival International Competition Asho Winner [17][5]
2020 Sevastopol International Festival of Documentary Films and TV Programs Best Short Film Asho Winner [18]
2020 BFI London Film Festival Best Short Film Asho Nominated [19]
2020 The San Francisco Iranian film festival Best Short Film Asho Nominated [2]
2020 Apricot Tree, International Ethnographic Documentary Film Festival Best Short Film Asho Nominated [20]
2020 Millennium Docs Against Gravity OKI DOKI Asho Nominated [21]


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