Speaker Alireza Kazemipour



Alireza Kazemipour

Writer, Director (2024 Diversity of Voices)

Alireza Kazemipour is a multi-award-winning Iranian-Canadian screenwriter and director with a master's degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Tehran. During a prolific screenwriting career in Iran spanning more than 2 decades, he has written for 32 series and mini-series (more than 750 episodes), 4 feature films, and 14 MOW as a series creator, writer, head-writer or co-writer in various genres.

Since immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 2016, he has written and directed 4 short films and one documentary that have been screened in more than 210 Film festivals around the world, including Palm Springs, Interfilm Berlin, Short Shorts, Tirana, and Fribourg Film Festival, and have received 55 awards and 29 nominations, including a LEO award for best screenwriting in Short Drama in 2023, Best Direction Award from the Reelworld Film Festival in 2022 and Best Directing Award from the Vancouver Short Film Festival in 2020.

Alireza's work is often concerned with social justice, women's rights, and immigrant issues. Currently, he is working on a documentary titled Light Through the Blindfold, which is being funded by Telus Originals.

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