Born in Iran, Nora holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters of Film & TV from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Her documentary BEIRUT, UNDER THE BRIDGE (2011) was awarded ‘Best Director Documentary’ and ‘Special Jury Prize Documentary’ at the 11th Beirut International Film Festival. Her short film 17 YEARS AND A DAY (2014) won the Gold Remi Award at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Her graduate short, THE PHOENIX (2015) was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild award, premiered at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival and toured festivals worldwide. She participated in the 2015 Abbas Kiarostami filmmaking workshop, her film HIGH TIDE was selected in Kiarostami’s top 10. In 2016, she completed a Director’s Attachment with Emma Freeman on Matchbox/Netflix TV Series SECRET CITY and a screenwriting mentorship with Cannes-award winning auteur Michael Rowe. Her first long-form documentary, CASA ANTÚNEZ (2017) competed at the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest (New Talent Award Nominee) and the 34th Bogota International Film Festival. Nora’s latest narrative short, WATERFALL (Screen Australia Hot Shots) was selected for the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival and the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival (Best Young Actor Nominee). She is currently developing her debut feature film, SHELTER.


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