Hamid Rahmanian

Hamid Rahmanian is a filmmaker and graphic designer. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Tehran in Graphic Design and earned a M.F.A. in Computer Animation in 1997 from Pratt Institute in New York City. He received “The First Place College Award” (a student Emmy) from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his animation, THE SEVENTH DAY, among other awards in 1997. His first 35 mm film, a 19 minute experimental short, AN I WITHIN, received Kodak’s “Best Cinematography Award” and “Best American Short” from the LA Int’l Short Film Festival. Mr. Rahmanian then went on to make three documentaries on video: BREAKING BREAD (2000), SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (2001) and SHAHRBANOO (2002), all of which have been well received by the media and worldwide audiences. In 2003, Mr. Rahmanian co-founded and was the president (2003-2007) of ARTEEAST, an organization committed to promoting the arts and cultures of the Middle East in the US and abroad. In 2005 he completed his first feature length film entitled DAY BREAK, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the recipient of several prestigious awards.  He completed the feature-length documentary THE GLASS HOUSE in the fall of 2008 that premiered at IDFA and Sundance Film Festival. It was the winner of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Human Rights Award.