Director, Writer, Producer
Born in 1973, Majid Barzegar has been a major force behind the development and production of a great number of Iranian independent short and feature films, most of which have been awarded and showcased at prestigious international film festivals including Berlinale, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, São Paulo, Thessaloniki and many more.
His feature debut, Rainy Seasons (2010) has won the Jury’s Special Mention Award at the 34th Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil.
His second feature film, Parviz, (2012) has won numerous awards including the Jury’s Special Mention Award at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival and the NETPAC Award at the 2012 Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome, Italy.
His third feature film, A Very Ordinary Citizen, (2015) premiered at Chicago International Film Festival and has been awarded the Sepanta award for the best feature film at the IFF San Francisco.
His fourth feature film, The Rain Falls Where It Will (2020) has premiered at the 50th edition of Rotterdam International Film Festival.
A critically acclaimed writer, director, producer and photographer, Majid Barzegar has also been invited three times to the official selection of Berlin International Film Festival as a producer in this last five years with his last attendance for Leakage in 2019.
He also participated in the Cinefondation section of Cannes Film Festival as a producer in 2018 with Like a Good Kid. Among the films he has produced, A Minor Leap Down (2015) has won the respectable FIPRESCI prize in the Panorama section of Berlin International Film Festival. Mamiroo (2015) has won the FIPRESCI prize at 20th Busan International Film Festival.
Valderrama (2016) has been nominated for the best feature debut at the Berlin International Film Festival. He has also been the president of the board of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) from 2008 to 2016.
Majid Barzegar has also been active as a photographer for many years now and his last photo exhibition, Time-Lapse was held in KAMA gallery in London.