Zara Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker and cinematographer, teaches filmmaking and gives workshops in Berlin. She graduated as a Master Student of Art and Media at the University of the Arts Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin) supervised by Prof. Nina Fischer.
In her own films and artistic works she pursues an unobtrusive and poetic narrative style that invites the audience to take on unusual perspectives.
Her work under-construction, part of the project Labour in a single shot by Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann, has been exhibited in various countries worldwide. Her film Khoshbakhti (Happiness) was officially selected for DokLeipzig German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film (58th Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2015) & for the New Berlin Film Award of the Festival ACHTUNG BERLIN (2016). Other works such as Fragments of Ava (2012) and „Such a strange time it is, my dear…“ (2007) were shown at international film festivals.
She accomplished her studies in cinematography and graduated with a master class in 2014 from the Berlin based filmschool filmArche. Zara was part of the Jury of the 13th XPOSED Queer Film Festival in May 2018 and part of the organisation team of the Kabul film festival SECOND TAKE on „Gender and Society in Cinema“ in 2008. She completed an MA in Gender, Ethnic Studies and Sexuality at the University of East London in 2006 under the supervision of Dr. Roshini Kempadoo & Dr. Merl Storr.
Together with Azadeh Zandieh, they founded ZAAZ Productions in 2018, where both sisters are co-producing and co-directing image films and video documentations for clients and make their own movies.
IFA (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations – Berlin), Hamilton College (Clinton / NY), University of Fine Arts (Braunschweig), Gunda Werner Institute (Berlin), Missy Magazine, CIJ – Centre for Intersectional Justice, Tanztage August (Sophiensähle/ Berlin), FilmArche Berlin, Interflugs / UdK, LesMigraS & Lesbian Counseling Center Berlin e.V., GLADT e.V. (Berlin), Gender Sender (Berlin), VIA (Association for Intercultural Work Berlin), IniRromnja (Berlin), xart splitta (Berlin), Polish Social Council Berlin, Bildungsteam Berlin Brandenburg e.V., Ballhaus Naunynstrasse (Berlin)
EXTENDEN FILMOGRAPHY & VITA (coming soon)
TECHNICAL SKILLS CINEMATOGRAPHY
CAMERAS DIGITAL | Arri Amira Pro, Sony FS7, FS700, Canon C500, C300, all DSLRs, div. camcorders, GoPro 5&4 Hero Black
CAMERAS ANALOG FILM | Arri Sr3/ Sr2
SUPER 8 CAMERAS | Nizo 561, Canon 518 SV, development of Super8 material
STABILZERS & GIMBALS | Steadycam Glidecam Smooth Shooter, DJI Ronin, Tiltamax Gravity G1, DJI Osmo+