Zara Mirzaei was born in the UK. She's from Persian (Iranian) descent. She grew up in New York, United States, obtained her bachelors in engineering and MBA. Zara is fluent in both Farsi (Persian) and American English. She has attended acting and directing curriculum and has been involved in the film industry for the past 5 years. “The Settler” is the first film she has written and directed. This is a short film which was filmed in the US. It touches topics such as immigration, social obstacles, hard work, faith, and hope; it is in English and Spanish languages. Zara believes every individual deserves respect and support and there is an existential humanitarian crisis in the world and there’s too much divide, we need to project a message of support, unity, and hope.
WINNER (BEST LOCAL SHORT)
The Settler
iFAF
Maryland, US
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
The Independent Film & Art Festival
Maryland
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Cinemaking International Film Festival
Shegun Bagicha
HONORABLE MENTION
The Settler
Ceylon International Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Pune Short Film Festival
Pune
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
AmiCorti International Film Festival
Peveragno
QUARTER-FINALIST (BEST SHORT FILM)
The Settler
GIFF
Moscow
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Lift-Off Filmmaker sessions
Pinewood Studios
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Hilltop Film Festival of Diversity and Inclusion
Birmingham, Alabama
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
The Western Film Festival
Coleman, Texas
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Five Continents International Film Festival
Puerto La Cruz
NOMINATED (BEST DRAMA SHORT)
The Settler
AltFF Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
NOMINATED (BEST SCREENPLAY)
The Settler
Brazil New Visions Film Festival
São Paulo
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Lift-Off Global Session
London
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Settler
Kelara Short Film Festival
Kerala
NOMINATED (BEST NARRATIVE SHORT)
The Settler
Digital Griffix Film Festival
Montreal, Quebec
WINNER (BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR)
The Settler
International Halicarnassus Film Festival
Bodrum
Birth Date
May 24, 1989
Birth City
Cardiff, Wales
Current City
Washington D.C.
Height
5’7”
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
White
Eye Color
Brown
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