Parisa Aminolahi (Tehran 1978) based in the Netherlands since 2008, is a freelance filmmaker, photographer and painter. She studied theatre stage design (BA) and animation (MA) at University of Art in Tehran and documentary filmmaking (MA) at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work covers a spectrum of themes such as displacement, exile, homeland, family and childhood memories, utilising childhood and old family photographs, self-portraits and her own family members as her subjects. Her mediums range from photography, documentary filmmaking, animation, painting and mixed media.

Parisa Aminolahi, 
Born in Tehran, Iran, 1978
Currently based in the Netherlands

2007 - MA, Documentary Film-making, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
2004 - MA, Animation, Faculty of Cinema and Theatre, University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2000 - BA, Theatre, Major: Stage and Costume Design, Faculty of Cinema and Theatre, University of Art, Tehran, Iran

Solo Exhibitions
2011 - My Beautiful Iranian Childhood, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, UK
2010 - Diary of a Self Portrait, Atbin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Group Exhibitions
2009 - Kunststellin Gallery, Alkmmar, The Netheraldns 
2009 - Urban Jealousy, the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran; Belgrade, Serbia
2001 - Theatre Stage Design Scale Models Show, the Art Gallery, University of Art, Tehran, Iran

Film Festivals and Screenings
2018 - "Away", experimental, video screeningn hosted by Third Space at Cambridge University, The UK
2016 - "Away", experimental, Persian International Film Festival, Sydney, Melbourne, Australia
2015 - "Away", experimental, International Diaspora Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 
2014 - "Away", experimental, Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2010 - "Cut", animation, The Best of the Iranian Film Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2009 - "Cut", animation, The Iranian Film Festival, Zaandam, the Netherlands
2007 - "I Am HIV Positive", documentary, One World Media Bursary Partial Screening, Channel 4 Cinema, London, UK
2007 - "Elegy", experimental documentary, Channel 4’s Four Docs Website, London, UK
2005 - "Cut", Animation, Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia
2005 - "Cut", Animation, International Women’s Film Festival “KIN”, Yerevan, Armenia
2004 - "Cut", Animation, Tehran International Animation Film Festival, Tehran, Iran
2004 - "Cut", Animation, Tehran Short Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

Awards and Honours
2014 - Short experimental film "Away" has been nominated for the best Dutch shorts 2014 by Eye International, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 - Awarded funding by the Netherlands Film Fund for the short experimental film, "Away", Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 - Attended Magnum Photos' workshop, under the guidance of Alessandra Sanguinetti, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012
2009 - Winner of the Best Short Film Prize, the Iranian Film Festival, Zaandam, the Netherlands
2007 - "I Am HIV Positive", awarded the One World Media Student Film Bursary, London, UK
2007 - " My mother, Parvin", nominated at Royal Holloway, University of London Media Group for the Royal Television Society Student Awards, London, UK
2006 - Awarded the Prestigious Chevening Scholarship, Provided by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the British Council, London, UK
2005 - Attended Golden Apricot, Yerevan International Film Festival Talent Campus Conducted by Abbas Kiarostami, Atom Egoyan and Krzysztof Zanussi, Yerevan, Armenia
2000 - Ranked 1st in the MA in Animation Nationwide Entrance Examination of Universities, Tehran, Iran 
2000 - Ranked 8th among 2588 Participants in the MA in Art Nationwide Entrance Examination of Universities, Tehran, Iran

Other Experiences
2000/2005 - Film and Theatre Set Designer, Tehran, Iran
2000/2004 - Editor, Translator, Reporter and Photographer of Iranian Newspapers, Magazines and Bulletins: The International Students Puppet Theatre Festival of Tehran; Isfahan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults; Pilban Animation Monthly Magazine; Safhe-Ye-Avval Monthly Magazine; Farabi Film Quarterly; Iran Newspaper; Tehran, Iran

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