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, and produced by Youku Original (Chinese YouTube) and the Asian Film Academy (AFA). Chandra premiered at the International Busan Film Festival. It was also 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 Edinburgh Talent Lab 2019. Her short film Bitter Sea (2017) was a London Calling Plus fiction commissioned by Film London and received a BIFA nomination for the Best British Short film by The British Independent Film Awards and four nominations for the Best Short Film, Best Script, Best Director and Best Film Editing Awards by Iran’s Film Academy (Khaneh Cinema).
Fateme’s latest film Leila’s Blues (2018) was a short fiction set in Tunisia as a part of Tunisia Factory and had its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes in May 2018. Fateme was one of the Film London Lodestars of the British Film Industry from over 700 candidates in 2019 and was a John Brabourne Award recipient in 2020.
She has just finished working as the associate producer on Coup 53 (2019) a documentary directed by Taghi Amirani and edited by legendary Walter Murch. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival followed by a Grierson Award nomination at the LFF and a BIFA Nomination for the Best Documentary Award 2019.
Fateme is a visiting lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth. She is represented by Kelly Knatchbull at Sayle Screen.