Dr Amin Palangi – Festival Director
Amin is an Iranian-Australian 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 is the founder of Persian International Film Festival in Australia and has been the director of the program since 2011. He is also a Screen Production lecturer at University of New South Wales and has served as a member of Screen NSW Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee.