BIO

NoraNiasari_Headshot_16Nora is an award winning 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 a Film Victoria/SBS 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) 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. 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 one year Screenwriting 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 (New Talent Award Nominee) and the 2017 Antenna International Documentary Festival (Best Australian Feature Documentary Nominee). Nora’s latest narrative short, WATERFALL (Screen Australia Hot Shots Program) had its World Premiere at the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit.

Nora recently completed a Film Victoria director’s attachment on THE DR BLAKE MYSTERIES telemovie with Director Ian Barry, produced by December Media/ABC TV. Next, she will be developing her debut feature screenplay over two months at the Can Serrat International Residency in Barcelona, funded by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Nora is represented by HLA Management.