Our Team 2017-08-28T03:15:58+00:00

Festival Team


Amin Palangi

Artistic and Festival Director

Dr Amin Palangi is an Iranian-Australian filmmaker, founder of Palangi Productions, director of the Persian International Film Festival in Australia, and a Lecturer in Convergent Media at the University of Western Sydney. He holds a PhD in film studies from the Australian National University, an MA in screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and is a member of the Screen NSW Advisory Committee.
His debut feature documentary Love Marriage in Kabul was a finalist in the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, and won the Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival, Best Documentary at Canberra Film Festival, Best Director from the Australian Directors’ Guild, and Australia’s first Golden Phoenix from Fajr International Film Festival.

Marketing & Promotion

Freyana Irani

Grants & Marketing

Freyana Irani is an actor, writer and human rights lawyer. She graduated with First Class Honours in Law and a degree in Media and Communications from the University of New South Wales, where she majored in film studies and video production. She is also a graduate of the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) in New York.

She is a published author, and has a background working in refugee rights, children’s rights and video-based human rights advocacy.

Zach Karpinellison

Social Media

Zach Karpinellison is currently studying at the University of New South Wales and working as a projectionist at Golden Age Cinema & Bar. He is in his fourth year of his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Film Studies. He is the 2017 recipient of the The Stephanie and James Donald Prize for Best Performance in Film Studies and the The Marie Robertson Prize for the Best Performance in Media, Culture and Technology. In 2016 he was a guest speaker at the Sydney Film Festival on the ‘Refugees on Film – Cinema without Borders’ panel. He was also on the Film Advisory Panel for the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.  He was a speaker on the work of Nora Niasari at a panel for RACS Week at the University of Technology Sydney.

Amir Habibi

Social Media 

CEO and founder of Chroma Pictures has been involved in directing and editing videos for different producers and clients.  Videos produced by Chroma pictures has been broadcasted in Iranian National TV. Since 2011 after arrival in Australia Amir has been involved with different video graphic, photographic  project and  cultural activities within Iranian community.

Events Coordination

Nima Alipour

Events Coordinator

Nima Alipour is Business Analyst with more than 10 years experience in automotive industry. He has   Project management  and MBA degree from Tehran university. Currently He works in BRP Australia as senior pricing and BI analyst .

He has been working with Persian film festival since 2013, coordinating the events  surrounding the Sydney part of the festival.

Farzaneh Nemati

Events Coordinator

Farzaneh moved to Australia in 2011, she received her honours of medical and health science  based on clinical pathology research at university of wollongong and is currently working for Primary health care at leichhardt medical centre. In addition she is a member of Laverty Pathology in microbiology section as a part time supportive team member.

Vida Irani

Guest Coordinator

Vida Irani has been an avid film enthusiast for most of her life. In 2015 she finally had the opportunity to direct her first short film Stigma, a documentary about the taboo subject of attempted suicide. Stigma screened at the 23rd Sydney Film School Festival and was nominated for best director. In 2016, she directed Duet, a short drama about the volatility of relationships in the bedroom which was screened at Sydney Persian Film Festival. Vida is a Sydney Film School graduate. She is also an emerging production designer and a photographer.

Video Production & Website

Ali Vaziri

Video Production

Ali is a prolific director and editor and has been involved in numerous high end projects. He has been actively involved in film industry for over a decade. He graduated from one of the top universities in his home country where he majored in directing and film making. Ali runs his own media company, specializing in movie editing and directing as well as professional videography and photography, called “Easy to Media”. Ali is an independent movie maker who has edited, produced and directed several film and video project. He has been recently working as the editor in a featured documentary film in addition to his engagement in directing and editing few other short movies. He has been a part of Persian film festival family for 4 years now.

Helen Nguyen

Festival Intern

Helen moved to Melbourne from Vietnam six years ago, and is a current student of Communication and Media Studies at Monash University. Her passion for Persian film and her bright marketing skills resulted in her moving from a volunteer role into an administrative position at the Festival in October 2016. Helen has been working closely with the Festival Director to generate engaging content for the Festival’s website and social media platforms.
She is also a Marketing Assistant for the Monash Uni Student Theatre and a casual florist.

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