Shahram Alidi

Shahram Alidi

Biography

 Shahram Alidi was born on December 11, 1971 in Sanandaj, the main city of Kurdistan, one of the western states of Iran, on the border of Iraqi Kurdistan. The first manifestation of his talent and passion for art was at his early age by playing at the theater of his elementary school. “I was quite fond of the roles that permitted me to improvise speeches; well surprisingly it happened to be interesting to my peers” he said while remembering those old days. At the age of 12 or 13, little by little a totally new thing began to emerge in his life which was the interest towards colors and painting...

Chronology 

  1. born on December 11, 1971 in Sanandaj, Iranian Kurdistan
  2. began acting on his passion for theater by playing a role at his Elementary School ‘s Theater in 1982
  3. engaged in Painting in 1988
  4. graduated in Painting form Beaux Art Faculty, Tehran University, 1999
  5. won the first prize of National Painting competitions successively in 1991, 1992 and 1993
  6. worked as the illustrator of children’s book, Interior and scene designer of theaters and Cinema and Graphics Designer from 1994 to 1998
  7. Directed his first short feature film titled “Mamli” in 1999
  8. Graduated in Directing from Faculty of Cinema & Theater, Art (HONAR) University, Iran, 2004
  9. Directed “the Last Uncounted Village” in 2002 which won several awards in International Film Festivals
  10. Member of jury panel at International Avanca Film Festival, Portugal, 2004
  11. Directed his first Long feature film titled “Whisper With the Wind” in 2008 and won three awards from the Critic Weeks Section of Cannes’ International Film Festival Competition in 2009

Biography

Shahram Alidi was born on December 11, 1971 in Sanandaj, the main city of Kurdistan, one of the western states of Iran, on the border of Iraqi Kurdistan. The first manifestation of his talent and passion for art was at his early age by playing at the theater of his elementary school. “I was quite fond of the roles that permitted me to improvise speeches; well surprisingly it happened to be interesting to my peers” he said while remembering those old days. At the age of 12 or 13, little by little a totally new thing began to emerge in his life which was the interest towards colors and painting. “Gradually it became serious preoccupation of mine, so I took some painting courses with one of the most excellent and predominant Iranian painter, Mr. Hadi Ziyahodini”, he added. He got some notable achievements in different national painting competition including the first prize at Iranian Youths Drawing Competition in 1991, the first prize at Kerman’s Youths Painting competition in 1992, the second place at Iran Youths Drawing competition in 1993 and the first prize of Iran Youths Painting Competition in the same year. Finally his interest led him to the Beaux Arts Faculty of Tehran University; in 1999 he graduated in Painting; meanwhile he worked as the illustrator of Children’s book particularly for one of Iranian’s most active publisher of children’s book and major cultural organization for children called Center of Intellectual Education for Kids & Teens. These kinds of Graphic works and Illustration gradually aroused so powerful curiosity and interest in him that he spent the last years of his studies on animation.

He first got introduced to Cinema through Kurdistan’s Main Cultural Center called “Kane-e-Farhang” which embraced the Cinematic Arts Society for Youths as one of its quite active department. “I didn’t even imagine that one day I might end up in working for Cinema, but I got to meet some people there at Youth Society who are right now in Movie business; however at that time they were taking the first steps into the realm of Motion Picture at the Cinematic Arts Society for Youths”, he uttered. Shortly after graduation from Beaux Art Faculty, he made his 16-mm first short fiction-documentary movie, “Mamli” by the support of the same Society. “Shote” (1998-99) and “the Ground is Hard, the Sky is Far” were two other short fictions in which he challenged himself and his talents as a director. In 2002 he joined the Faculty of Cinema & Theater of Art (HONAR) University and in 2004 he got his MA in Directing. In his first years of studies for Master Degree, he created “the last Uncounted Village” which became a turning point in his career as a director and writer. Its presence and notable success at Sony Film Festival paved the way for this movie to be screened at an international scope. This successful experiment encouraged him to continue movie-making seriously; for several years he was mainly working on different short movies and made some beautiful fictions including “Button” (2003), “Dreamless Village” (2003), “Mountains of Tehran” (2004), “Breath” (2005), “Ode of Mirror” (2008), etc.

The year 2008-2009 were very critical and breathless years for him; in these years he succeeded to present to the world his first long feature movie, “Whisper with the Wind”, which has been acclaimed by national and international critics as a masterpiece and won many awards including Cannes’ international Film Festival (France, 2009), Best Feature film’s ACID Support, Prize of View of Youth, Prize of Youth European Critics and got nominated for Golden Camera. It also added the Prize of Mumbai Young Credits (India, 2009), Special Jury Award of Amazon Film Festival (Brazil, 2009), Young Academic Student Jury Prize of Bratislava Film Festival (Slovakia, 2009) and Pessac International Historic Film Prize to its outstanding credits. Right now he is a member of New Wave Iranian Cinema and got plenty of new ideas for his future works.

Cinema is a new canvas to me on which I can make my paintings move… I have never abandoned painting for motion picture, what I do is in fact blending poetry and painting with cinema, which I honestly admit that I adore passionately”, he stated in several interviews.