Atefeh Khademolreza is an award-winning writer and director born in Iran and living in Toronto, Canada with over fifteen years of experience making films internationally. Atefeh’s films have been screened at prestigious international film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival. Atefeh is the 2021-2022 Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF’21) Micki Moore Residency. She is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2006), the Asian Film Academy (2008), the Serbia Interaction Film Camp (2006, 2016), and Reelworld E20 (2019). She also served as a jury member on multiple festivals including TIFF’22’s Micki Moore Residency selection committee. Atefeh is driven to tell stories about women, immigration, and identity. Her work explores the experiences of disorientation and reorientation, both culturally and socially. Atefeh holds a Master’s Degree in Film Production from York University (2019) and is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada, the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) and a freelance writer with REALLIFE Pictures in Toronto.


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