Morteza FARSHBAF (1985), young Iranian director, He has been active working in cinema as director, writer, editor and cinematographer since very early age of 18. He went to the University of Art in Tehran for studying Cinema, and received his BFA in film.
He has directed his own short films since 2004, and made 5 short films since then: Halloween (2004), The Carpet (2005), Taxi (2006), Flakey (2007) and The Wind Blows Wherever it Wants (2008).
Morteza FARSHBAF has also attended Abbas Kiarostami’s filmmaking workshops and has cooperated with him in film projects.
He directed his first feature film, Mourning in 2010. For this film he won a lot of prizes amongst the FIPRESCI Prize for the best film of the year in Pusan International Film Festival 2011; the Netpac Award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2011 in Estonia, “For its using innovation through cinematography, casting and sign language to tell a simple story of human relations in a delicate way”; the Lotus Award for the best film and a mention of the Critic’s Jury at Deauville Asian Film Festival 2011 in France.