Nora is an Iranian-Australian filmmaker based between Melbourne and Tehran. In 2010, she obtained a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney where she started making short films. 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 internship with Emmy Award Winning Director Sonya Pemberton on the feature length documentary JABBED: LOVE, FEAR & VACCINES.
In 2014, she completed the Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in narrative filmmaking. Her graduate film THE PHOENIX (SIMORGH) won the New Voices and Cinema Nova awards and premiered at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival in the Accelerator program for emerging directors. In 2015, Nora was one of 50 filmmakers selected for the Abbas Kiarostami filmmaking workshop in Barcelona. Her short film HIGH TIDE was selected in the top 10 films to screen at international film festivals.
In 2016, Nora completed a Screen Australia/ADG Director’s Attachment with Emma Freeman on the Matchbox Pictures/FOXTEL TV series SECRET CITY and a Screen Australia Mentorship with Cannes award winning auteur, Michael Rowe. In 2017, her first long form documentary, CASA ANTÚNEZ (ANTÚNEZ HOUSE) competed in the Official Selection of the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest where she was nominated for the prestigious New Talent Award.
Nora’s latest narrative short, WATERFALL (Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program) is set to have its World Premiere at the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival. Nora is currently developing several long form narrative and documentary projects.
Nora is represented by HLA Management.