Ghazaleh is an Iranian-New Zealand filmmaker and Fulbright scholar who studied post-graduate screenwriting and directing at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2012. There she started an internship at the Sundance Institute and continues to work for them still. She was also elected as the co-chair for the Women of Cinematic Arts Student Board.
Ghazaleh has a Master of Arts in Screen Production focusing on Documentary from the University of Auckland where she made an award winning thesis film on Iran (supervised by Annie Goldson). It premiered in Israel and won the Outstanding Student Film Award in Beijing. In 2013, she took part in the first Commonwealth Writer’s Film Lab in Auckland run by the Commonwealth Foundation and B3 Media (UK).
Ghazaleh has also trained as an actor and hopes to combine these skills with her writing and directing. Her first feature script At the End of the World was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in January 2014 and reached the Top 10% in the Academy (Oscar's) Nicholl's Fellowship in 2014. In In 2015 it was selected for the Writer's Lab Aotearoa run by Script-to-Screen.
NICOLE VAN HEERDEN
An Arts and Sciences graduate, Nicole brings a passion for history, literature and environmental conservation to filmmaking. Born in South Africa but growing up in New Zealand from an early age, stories of heritage and family history have been a strong influence in her life, and she has a particular interest in the stories of pioneers and colonial New Zealand.
Nicole has an MA(Hons) in Screen Production, specialising in Drama Directing, and a BSc (conjoint) specialising in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland. Her thesis film, The Huia, has screened at film festivals in New Zealand and around the world, receiving 2nd runner up in the Audience Award at the Going Green Environmental Film Festival (LA) in 2013, and an Honourable Mention in the Best Emerging NZ Filmmaker Award at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, 2012. In 2012, Nicole and filmmaker/writer Karalisa Dantas produced the documentary Forgotten Dresses, which screened in the Auckland Heritage Festival, 2012, and is soon to be released on DVD. Nicole currently runs her own production company, Huia Films, and has a few short film projects and a feature film script in development.
Interested in Humanity and the Arts Mojan Javadi studied film and media in the United States and New Zealand. She went to Film School at the University of California Los Angeles, where she studied directing, screenwriting, digital media and cinematography. She was part of the UCLA Remap project, a research group on arts and community in Los Angeles. Mojan completed her Masters with first-class honours in Screen Production at the University of Auckland.
As an Iranian, New Zealander filmmaker, Mojan believes that living in two distinctive cultural environments and experiencing life in both the East and the West, has given her a unique voice in visual story telling. Mojan believes that cinema is a powerful tool for art-making and bringing about social awareness.
Her aim is to inspire, educate and create a positive impact through filmmaking. Her documentary Crossing the Line has gained recognition and competed in film festivals around the world. It was officially selected and screened at The Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto 2013, Hoboken International Film Festival, New York 2013, and the Khakov International Short Film Festival, Ukraine 2013. It has also received an Honorable Mention in the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality 2013.