A short one today. Here’s the official press release through the University of Auckland. Woop.
Beijing was amazing. The people I met were amazing, the city was amazing, the rush ‘hour’ on the tube was amazing. I just can’t believe it’s over. Festivals, particularly student film festivals are seriously fantastic places to make some new friends from all over and to see some incredible short films. They’re also a testament to how hard student volunteers work in making that experience amazing for us visitors, so I want to give a big shout out to all the lovely people we met at the Beijing Film Academy.
The reception to the film was great. We were even selected to partake in an Advanced Directing class where students asked us (including three other filmmakers) questions about our work. One particular comment noted how this topic of homeland is also very common in China right now.
What’s also amazing is that we won an Outstanding International Student Film Award for ‘Iran in Transit’ – complete with a trophy, certificate and prize. Very cool. It’s my first real trophy since my glory days as a 12 year old gymnast (a time I’d rather forget). So thank you BFA and thank you Beijing! I will miss you intensely.
(more pics to come).
Been writing a lot. And possibly drinking more. Ah they go hand in hand, no? Anyway in all seriousness here’s a link to my other more personal website as this is dedicated to Iran in Transit. I will update the new one with more of my works, particularly of projects in development as there are a handful. Hooraay!
With three other fabulous filmmakers who just happen to also be female, we have started a new production company Waking Dream Collective. Website to come.
Exciting news as Iran in Transit was accepted into the 12th Annual International Student Film and Video Festival in Beijing, China as part of the International Competition. This festival takes place at the very cool Beijing Film Academy which like the University of Auckland is part of CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools). Our doc will be one of two films from New Zealand at the festival this year.
The festival runs from Oct 20 – 26 and Ghazaleh is hoping to attend. If anything, these festivals are a fabulous way to meet other filmmakers, enjoy amazing student works and learn more about the local film-making community – and we all know China is well, kinda a big deal. So thank you ISVFF.
Home, identity, third culture kid, 1.5 generation – these topics are not new but ever growing. Pico Iyer talks about home and nails it. I can’t really say much else except watch:
* Much thanks to Sarv for bringing this to our attention.
The Sir Peter Blake Trust runs an annual Leadership Week for all ages and highlights the value that great leadership provides for New Zealand. The week is inspired by the late Sir Peter Blake, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated leaders, who had a dream of winning the America’s Cup. Various people from all walks of life (including the Governor General) spent time at schools with kids of all ages to encourage, inspire and discuss the themes of leadership – to dare. dream. do.
I spent Tuesday in a media studies class at my old high school, Westlake Girl’s High with a great group of Year 12′s (Sixth Formers? I don’t even know anymore I’m so behind on this NCEA thing). It was great to meet some young women who are keen to get into the industry in various capacities – writers, actors, journalists and one lone director (we can change that I’m sure!). We need these voices out there and we need more women in the industry so we can tell different stories, so we can change the status quo, so we can encourage other women that they too are part of this. Because quite frankly, like many other women and men, I’m sick to death of screaming about this and being shut down/criticized/ignored.
Sometimes it’s not always about film festivals and conventional theatres. Like most artists, we create to say something and we want to say it to an audience. So it’s always an amazing opportunity to be able to show our works to an audience who might not have a chance to see them. As such, Iran in Transit has been selected to screen during this year’s European Day for Border Guards in Poland. Alongside some other short films from all over the world, this cinema section aims to show the human side to migration and borders to the people who work behind them. This annual day is ‘an opportunity to share experiences and best practice. It provides a forum for topical discussion, exchange of views between key border-management players, and a platform to bring together the worlds of public service and private industry.’