Noora Niasari


Noora Niasari is a Writer/Director based between Melbourne and Tehran. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters in Film & TV from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Nora started her career making documentaries in Lebanon including BEIRUT, UNDER THE BRIDGE awarded ‘Special Jury Prize’ and ‘Best Director Documentary’ at the 11th Beirut International Film Festival.

In 2015 she was selected for the Abbas Kiarostami filmmaking workshop in Barcelona and her narrative short THE PHOENIX (SIMORGH) premiered at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival in the Accelerator program for emerging directors. In 2017, her first long form documentary, CASA ANTÚNEZ (ANTÚNEZ HOUSE) competed in the Official Selection of the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest where she was nominated for the prestigious New Talent Award. WATERFALL is Nora’s latest narrative short, produced by Fete Films and funded by Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program.

SHAYDA is her debut feature film, premiering in the World Dramatic Competition of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Films at the Festival