First Look

a chance encounter between a girl and a boy on the street holds the potential for an extraordinary change in their lives.

  • Mohammad Hosein Sadeqi
  • Mohammad Hosein Sadeqi
  • Mohammad Hassan Sadeqi
  • Ali Mirsaeedi
  • Arian Asghari
    Key Cast
  • Kiadokht Tofighi
    Key Cast
  • Mohammad Hosein Sadeqi
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    نگاه اول
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Applied Science and Technology Art & Culture Unit 46
Director Biography - Mohammad Hosein Sadeqi

I am a highly skilled and experienced editor with a passion for storytelling and a strong drive to excel in the field. Since 2018, I have been immersed in the world of editing, working on a multitude of projects across various industries.

I have had the opportunity to work on independent films, bringing life to the vision of filmmakers and ensuring their stories resonate with audiences. I have also worked on editing commercial videos, making sure that brands and businesses are represented in the most compelling and effective way possible.

My editing journey has extended to the realm of social media, where I have collaborated with influencers and content creators to craft engaging and visually captivating videos for platforms such as Instagram. Additionally, I have worked on educational content, helping to bring complex concepts to life through the power of visual storytelling.

In my freelance work, I have been fortunate to collaborate with a diverse range of clients, giving me valuable insight into their unique needs and preferences. This experience has strengthened my ability to adapt my editing style and approach to cater to different audiences and industries.

Seeking to further elevate my skills and knowledge, I made the decision to pursue a Bachelor's degree in editing at the prestigious University of Culture and Arts, Unit 46. Throughout my educational journey, I have delved deep into the theoretical foundations of editing and applied my knowledge in practical settings. This rigorous academic experience has refined my editing skills and expanded my understanding of the art and craft of storytelling.

Alongside my academic pursuits, I have successfully taken on the role of media manager at two innovative startups. Drawing on my expertise in editing and advertising, I have been able to contribute significantly to their media ventures, enhancing their brand visibility and driving their success.

A standout moment in my career occurred in December 2022, when I embarked on a practical project that combined my editing expertise with a newfound passion for directing. The resulting film, "First Look," became a symbol of my dedication and creative vision. It received critical acclaim at two esteemed international festivals, the Student World Impact Film Festival in the United States and the Lift-Off Filmmaker Festival in England. This recognition further solidified my commitment to storytelling and affirmed my potential as a filmmaker.

Throughout my journey, I have intentionally sought out diverse projects and experiences to continuously refine my skills and broaden my perspectives. My aim is to continuously push the boundaries of my creativity and remain at the cutting edge of the film industry.

Through my past experiences, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of the power and significance of art in society. It is this understanding, combined with my technical expertise and dedication, that will guide me in my future endeavors within the film industry. I am excited to continue honing my craft and contributing to the creation of impactful and memorable cinematic experiences.

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Director Statement

Journey of Resilience and Shared Empathy

As a filmmaker, my ultimate goal is to harness the power of storytelling to bridge the gaps that exist between us as individuals and reaffirm the essential human connections we all share. Through my work, I aspire to shed light on the significance of perseverance, unwavering determination, and the refusal to succumb to the trials that life may present.

The importance of hard work and an indomitable spirit lies at the very core of my directorial vision. Life has taught me firsthand about the immense mental and emotional pressures that engulf us, and through my films, I strive to transform those experiences into a universal language that resonates with audiences across the globe. It is my driving force to assure people that they are not alone, and to provide a safe haven where they can find solace in knowing that their struggles are shared by individuals in every corner of the world.

In our increasingly interconnected world, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that our experiences, emotions, and core desires remain profoundly similar regardless of geographical boundaries. Through the medium of filmmaking, I endeavor to craft narratives that transcend cultural barriers, revealing the raw essence of the human condition as a source of unity and understanding.

By delving into the intricate nuances of mental and emotional landscapes, it is my ambition to strip away societal masks and offer authentic portrayals of the battles we fight within ourselves. Stories can paint vivid pictures of the internal conflict we contend with, reminding audiences that no matter how isolated they may feel, others have confronted similar struggles and triumphed. It is in these shared moments of vulnerability that we discover our common humanity.

By threading themes of resilience and perseverance through my films, I hope to inspire audiences to never give up on their dreams, despite the formidable obstacles that they may encounter along their paths. Life's journey is littered with setbacks, and it is through persistent dedication that we can overcome them and emerge stronger, more compassionate versions of ourselves. It is my firm belief that we all possess the capacity to conquer our personal battles, and my films aim to ignite the dormant sparks within individuals, awakening a renewed belief in their own potential.

Ultimately, through my work as a director, I seek to ignite a global conversation—one fueled by empathy, understanding, and shared experiences. I want to beckon audiences into a realm where they are not only entertained but deeply moved, contemplating the myriad emotions and challenges that we as humans face. In doing so, I hope to foster a sense of connectedness, fostering empathy that transcends borders and boundaries.

Together, let us embark on this journey, fueled by the fervor of staying true to our goals, working tirelessly, and refusing to yield in the face of adversity. Through the lens of my camera, I invite audiences to witness the struggles, triumphs, and tender moments that unite us all, proving that, indeed, we are never alone.