about

Fateme Ahmadi is an Iranian award-winning writer-director based between London and Tehran.

She was awarded first prize in the Literature Olympiads, a nationwide humanities competition, granting her permission to complete two undergraduate courses simultaneously in Persian Literature and Filmmaking at Tehran University and The Art University of Tehran. She also holds a Master in General Linguistics from the IHCS in Tehran.

Fateme was awarded a scholarship from Magic of Persia to attend the two-year MA Filmmaking program at The London Film School in 2010. Her graduation film One Thousand and One Teardrops (2014) was a Terry Gilliamesque animated documentary which was shortlisted in more than 50 festivals all around the world with several nominations and awards.

Fateme is the writer and the co-director of Chandra (2015), Colour of Asia – Masters and Newcomers, supervised by Naomi Kawase, produced by Youku Original (Chinese YouTube) and the Asian Film Academy (AFA), which was premiered at the International Busan Film Festival. It was officially selected to screen at the Palm Springs Short Fest, Sao Paulo, Cork, Molodist, Flickers’ Rhode Island, London Short Film Festival and Open Doors Locarno.

Fateme is an alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017 and her short film Bitter Sea (2017) was a London Calling Plus fiction commissioned by Film London, BFI NETWORK and Creative Skillset. Bitter Sea has just been nominated for a BIFA for the Best British Short film by The British Independent Film Awards. It has also received four nominations for the Best Short Film, Best Script, Best Director and Best Film Editing Award by Iran’s Film Academy (Khaneh Cinema).

 Fateme just finished Leila’s Blues, a short set in Tunisia as a part of Tunisia Factory which was premiered at Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.

Fateme is currently writing her first feature script as well as working as the associate producer on a feature documentary titled Coup 53 directed by Taghi Amirani and edited by legendary Walter Murch.

Fateme is represented by Kelly Knatchbull at Sayle Screen.