“The Phoenix (Simorgh)” – Short Film

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Synopsis: Exiled Iranian actor Mr Farid teaches theatre to reluctant asylum seeker teenagers inside an Australian Detention Centre. When the fate of the kids is unknown, he attempts to restore their lives but makes an unexpected discovery of his own.



24th International Student ShortFilm Festival of Cergy Pontoise

  • Second Prize – Student Film

2015 Australian Director’s Guild Awards

  • Nominated in Student Film category

2014 – Victorian College of the Arts – 46th Annual Graduate Film School Awards


  • Cinema Nova Award – Best Potential for Theatrical Distribution
  • New Voices Award


  • Best Achievement in Directing (Postgraduate)
  • Best Master of Film & Television Production (Narrative)
  • Special Achievement

Production Details:

  • Original Title: Simorgh
  • English Title: The Phoenix
  • Program Duration: 23 mins
  • Country of Production: Australia
  • Genre: Drama
  • Shooting Format: HD
  • Screening Format: DCP
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Language: Farsi, English (English Subtitles)


  • Manouchehr Farid
  • Matin Mir Sameii
  • Nikki Saeid
  • Pouya Heidari
  • Amir Khanmohammadi
  • Nasrin Khanmohammadi
  • Nima Alizadeh
  • Baran Samami
  • Francisco Lopez


  • Writer & Director: Nora Niasari
  • Producers: Alex George, Sally Storey
  • Cinematographer: Sherwin Akbarzadeh
  • Production Designer: Jaz Tweeddale
  • Editor: John Erasmus, Nora Niasari
  • Sound Designer: Livia Ruzic
  • Stills: Daniel Bornstein


© VCA School of Film & Television 2015