BIO

NoraNiasari_Headshot_16Nora is an award winning Iranian-Australian filmmaker based in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters in Film & Television from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

In 2011, her documentary BEIRUT, UNDER THE BRIDGE was awarded ‘Best Director Documentary’ and ‘Special Jury Prize Documentary’ at the 11th Beirut International Film Festival and broadcast on CNN. In 2012, Nora fulfilled an SBS internship with Emmy Award Winning Director Sonya Pemberton on the feature length documentary JABBED: LOVE, FEAR & VACCINES.

In 2014, her short film 17 YEARS AND A DAY won the Gold Remi Award at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Her next short, THE PHOENIX (SIMORGH) premiered at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival in the Accelerator program for emerging directors, was nominated for an Australian Director’s Guild Award and toured festivals worldwide including, Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, Dhaka International Film Festival, Silk Road Film Festival, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival and the International Student Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy.

Nora was one of 50 filmmakers selected for the 2015 Abbas Kiarostami filmmaking workshop in Barcelona. Her short film HIGH TIDE was selected in Kiarostami’s top 10 films to screen at international film festivals including 33rd Fajr International Film Festival and 2015 D’A Festival Internacional de Cine D’Autor de Barcelona.

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 (ANTÚNEZ HOUSE) competed in the Official Selection of the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest (New Talent Award Nominee), 2017 Antenna International Documentary Festival (Best Australian Feature Documentary Nominee), 34th Bogota International Film Festival (Best Environmental Documentary Nominee), 7th ACAMPADOC Panamá International Documentary Festival and the 2018 Lund International Architecture Film Festival. 

Nora’s latest narrative short, WATERFALL (Screen Australia Hot Shots Program) premiered at the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival, received a nomination for Best Young Actor at the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival and continues to tour the festival circuit.

She recently completed the first draft of her debut feature screenplay, SHELTER at the Can Serrat International Artist Residency in Barcelona with a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Nora is currently a Teaching Associate at Monash University and is represented by HLA Management.