HISHAM ZAMAN

A film director, screenwriter, producer and founder of Snowfall Cinema AS, Hisham Zaman is known for his poignant, authentic and compelling cinema, which often takes the human stories and struggles of migrants and refugees as its driving theme. He is a graduate of the Norwegian Film School, where he completed his studies in film directing in 2004. 

Zaman had his breakthrough in 2005 with the short film BAWKE, which received more than 40 awards around the world. In 2007, he directed the mid-length film WINTERLAND, a warm and humorous diaspora-story about a man settling in a godforsaken spot in Northern Norway. 

Zaman’s debut feature, BEFORE SNOWFALL (2013), was shot in four different countries and won him the prestigious Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film. His second feature film, the ensemble piece LETTER TO THE KING (2014), once again received the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film, making Zaman the only director to have won the award two years in a row. It was also one of three films shortlisted for a nomination to the Oscar Awards by the Norwegian Oscar Committee. 

 

In 2015, Zaman founded the production company Snowfall Cinema AS, which has since produced several of his films, including the mid-length film HEDDA and the short film THE BOY IN THE PICTURE. He is currently working on his third feature film, A HAPPY DAY.

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AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

HEDDA (2016), 43 min:

 

Festivals:

2017 The Norwegian Short Film Festival

2017 Duhok international film festival

 

 

THE BOY IN THE PICTURE (2016)- 11min

 

Festivals:

2017 Carthage international film festival

2017 Duhok international film festival

 

 

LETTER TO THE KING (2014), 75 min:

 

Festivals

2014 Göteborg International Film Festival

2014 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

2014 European Cinema Festival of Lecce

2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival

2014 ArtFilmFest International Film Festival

2014 Bergmanveckan

2014 Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

2014 Films by the Sea, Vlissingen

2014 Golden Rooster

2014 Sao Paulo International Film Festival

2014 San Marino International Film Festival    

2014 Nordic Film Days Lübeck

2014 The Northern Film Festival

2014 European Film Forum Scanorama

2014 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

2014 Antirasistiske filmdager i Malmö

2014 International Film Festival of India

2014 Sercavan Kurdish Film Days in Vienna

2014 Dubai International Film Festival

2015 Würzburg International Film Weekend

2015 Recontres du Cinema Europeen - Cinema Scandinave

2015 Pantalla Pinamar

2015 Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

2015 Transilvania International Film Festival

2015 Istanbul Modern art museum

2015 Duhok international Film Festival

2015 Paris Kurdish Film Festival

2015 Arabisches Film festival Tubingen

2015 London Kurdish Film festival

2015 Carthage Film Festival

2015 Cairo European Film Festival

2015 Les Arcs European Film Festival

 

Awards:

2014 Göteborg International Film Festival: Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

2014 European Cinema Festival of Lecce: FIPRESCI Award

2014 ArtFilmFest International Film Festival: Special Mention , The City of Trenčianske

Teplice Mayor´s Award

2014 National Film Award Amanda for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, to Ivan

Anderson,

2014 National Film Award Amanda for Best Screenplay

2014 San Marino International Film Festival: Best Film

2014 Nordic Film Days Lübeck: Honorable Mention

2014 The Northern Film Festival: Award for Special Contribution to Northern Cinema

2015 Duhok Film Festival Best Screenplay

2015 Duhok Film Festival Best film made in Diaspora.

 

 

BEFORE SNOWFALL (2013), 105 min:

 

Festivals

2013 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

2013 Göteborg International Film Festival

2013 CPH:PIX

2013 Tribeca Film Festival

2013 Seattle International Film Festival

2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival

2013 Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä

2013 ArtFilmFest International Film Festival

2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2013 Giffoni Film Festival

2013 Traverse City Film Festival

2013 Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

2013 Göteborg Kulturkalas

2013 Saint Petersburg International FIlm Festival

2013 Batumi Film Festival

2013 Haifa International Film Festival

2013 Prishtina International Film Festival

2013 Duhok International Film festival

2013 Warsaw International Film Festival

2013 Philadelphia Film Festival

2013 Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival

2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2013 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

2013 Exile Film Festival

2013 London Kurdish Film Festival

2013 European Film Forum Scanorama

2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

2013 Chennai International Film Festival

2014 Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles

2014 Portland International Film Festival

 2014 !f Istanbul

2014 Copenhagen Kurdish Film Festival

2014 Stockholm Kurdish Film Festival

2014 Belgrade International Film Festival

2014 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

2014 BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival

2014 Gli Anni in Tasca Youth and Cinema / International Film Festival for Young People

2014 Movies That Matter - Amnesty International Film Festival

2014 Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

2014 Beijing International Film Festival

2014 Senza Frontieri - Without Borders Film Festival

2014 Festroia International Film Festival

2014 Baltic Debuts, Kaliningrad

2014 Avvantura Film Festival Zader

2014 Films by the Sea, Vlissingen

2014 ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema

2014 Buster - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth

2014 Sao Paulo International Film Festival

2014 New Middle East Cinema

2014 The Northern Film Festival

2014 Carthage Film Festival                                              

 

Awards:

2013 Göteborg International Film Festival: Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

2013 Tribeca Film Festival: Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film

2013 Batumi Film Festival: Grand Prix

2013 Prishtina International Film Festival: Golden Goddess - Best Film Main Competition

2013 Duhok International Film festival: Best Kurdish Actress to Suzan Ilir , Special Mention of the Jury, Duhok City Award

2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Best Film from the Arab World

2013 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg: Special Award of the Jury

2014 Festroia International Film Festival: Best First Film

2014 Baltic Debuts, Kaliningrad: Best Director

2014 The Northern Film Festival: Award for Special Contribution to Northern Cinema, Audience Award for Best Feature Film

2014 Carthage Film Festival: The Bronze Tanit for Feature Films, FIPRESCI Award, Best Actress to Suzan Ilir

 

THE OTHER ONES (2009), 18 min:

 

2009: The Norwegian Short Film Festival

2009: Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Festival, Reykjavik

2009: Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2010: Minimalen Short Film Festival

2010: Tampere Film Festival

2010: International Festival Signes de Nuit

2010: Røros kortfilmfestival

2010: Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival

2010: Guanajuato International Film Festival

2010: OFF - Odense International Film Festival

2010: International Festival of Muslim Cinema - Golden Minbar

2010: Warsaw International Film Festival

2010: Encounters International Film Festival

2010: Leuven International Short Film Festival

2011: International Short Film Festival Mas Sorrer

2011:Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin

2012: Middle Eastern Film Festival Edinburgh

WINTERLAND (2007), 52 min:

 

Festivals:

2007 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

2007 Exile Film Festival

2007 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

2007 Arab Film Festival, San Francisco

2007 Arab Film Festival Los Angeles

2007 Nordic Film Days Lübeck

2007 Kolkata Film Festival

2007 Autrans International Mountain & Adventure Film Festival

2007 London Kurdish Film Festival

2008 Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles

2008 Febiofest - International Film Festival Prague

2008 Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

2008 Trento Film Festival

2008 Festroia International Film Festival

2008 Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin

2008 Manchester Kurdish Film Festival

2009 East End Film Festival

2009 New York Kurdish Film Festival

2010 Istanbul Film Festival

2011 Intersections Film Festival

2012 Middle Eastern Film Festival Edinburgh

2013 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

 

Awards:

2007 National Film Award Amanda for Best Actor in a Leading Role, to Raouf Saraj

2007 Autrans International Mountain & Adventure Film Festival: Grand Prix José Giovanni

 

 

BAWKE (2005), 15 min:

 

Festivals:

2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival

2005 Sarajevo Film Festival

2005 The Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund

2005 Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Festival, Bergen

2005 Flanders International Film Festival Ghent

2005 Exile Film Festival

2005 Aarhus Film Festival

2005 Seville European Film Festival

2005 Brest European Short Film Festival

2005 Nordic Film Days Lübeck

2005 Festival on Wheels

2006 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival

2006 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

2006 Sundance Film Festival

2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam

2006 Göteborg International Film Festival

2006 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

2006 Tampere Film Festival

2006 BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival

2006 Minimalen Short Film Festival

2006 Human Rights Film Festival Donostia - San Sebastian

2006 International Festival Signes de Nuit

2006 Filmfest, Helsinki

2006 International Young Filmmakers Festival of Granada

2006 Aspen Shortsfest

2006 Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival

2006 Filmfest Dresden - International Short Film Festival 2006 Shadowline Salerno Film Festival

2006 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

2006 Algarve International Film Festival

2006 La Cittadella del Corto - International Short Film Festival

2006 Transilvania International Film Festival

2006 Huesca International Film Festival

2006 SFF Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2006 Arcipelago - International Festival of Short Film and New Images

2006 Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove

2006 Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival

2006 Showcomotion Young People's Film Festival

2006 Jerusalem International Film Festival

2006 Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival

2006 Filmfest München - Munich Film Festival

2006 Message to Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg

2006 Melbourne International Film Festival

2006 Seoul International Youth Film Festival

2006 Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (...y no tan Niños), Mexico City

2006 OFF - Odense International Film Festival

2006 Palm Springs International ShortsFest

2006 Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival

2006 Telluride Film Festival

2006 Buster - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth

2006 Goyang International Children's Film Festival

2006 Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

2006 Umeå International Film Festival

2006 Drama International Short Film Festival

2006 Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona

2006 Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Festival, Aarhus

2006 Carrousel international du film de Rimouski

2006 International Best of Short Films Festival, La Ciotat

2006 Imago - International Young Film and Video Festival

2006 Cork International Film Festival

2006 Panorama of European Cinema

2006 Panorama of European Cinema, Cyprus

2006 Cineposible International Film Festival of Extremadura

2006 BFI London Film Festival

2006 Milwaukee International Film Festival

2006 Festival du Cinéma International de Abitibi-Témiscamingue

2006 Amsterdam Cinema Arabe Festival

2006 Festival International de Cinéma du Grain à Dèmoudre

2006 Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne

2006 MedFilm Festival, Rome

2006 Braunschweig International Film Festival

2006 Asiana International Short Film Festival

2006 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People

2006 ExGround Filmfest

2006 Siena International Short Film Festival

2006 Encounters International Film Festival

2006 Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin

2006 Animateka International Animation Film Festival

2007 Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay - Saguenay International Short Film Festival

2007 Boulder International Film Festival

2007 European Youth Film Festival of Flanders

2007 Sedona International Film Festival

2007 Very Short Movies Festival

2007 Tiburon International Film Festival

2007 Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris

2007 Leeds Young People's Film Festival

2007 Sukagawa International Children's Film Festival

2007 Festroia International Film Festival

2007 Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

2007 Giffoni Film Festival

2007 Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona

2007 Les Films du Delta

2007 Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2007 Paris Kurdish Cinema

2007 The Golden Elephant - International Children's Film Festival India

2007 London Kurdish Film Festival

2008 Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin

2008 Manchester Kurdish Film Festival

2009 ISAFF Open Cinema - International Short and Animation Film Festival

2009 New York Kurdish Film Festival

2010 Istanbul Film Festival

2010 Tampere Film Festival

2011 Aubagne International Film Festival

2010 Sprockets - Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth

2011 Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Prizren

2011 Intersections Film Festival

2011 Frankfurt Kurdish Film Festival

2012 Middle Eastern Film Festival Edinburgh

2013 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

2013 Stockholm Kurdish Film Festival

2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Special screening)

 

 

Awards:

2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival: Audience Award

2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival : Gullstolen - The Golden Chair Award for Best Short Film,

2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival:  Prix UIP Grimstad- Nominated for best European short film

2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival: The Norwegian Film Workers Association's Technical Award, to Cinematographer Marius M. Gulbrandsen,

2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival : The Writers Guild of Norway's Award for Best Screenplay: Timeglasset - The Hourglass

2005 Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Festival, Bergen: Canal+ Award, Special Mention, Short Films

2005 Brest European Short Film Festival: Mention Spécial du Jury Jeune, Mention of the Jury

2006 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival: Prix de la Jeunesse

2006 Human Rights Film Festival Donostia - San Sebastian: Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film

2006 Aspen Shortsfest: BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence, Special Jury Recognition for Outstanding Performance by a Child, to Broa Ako Rasol

2006 Shadowline Salerno Film Festival: The Young Jury Award for Best European Short

2006 Huesca International Film Festival: Special Mention

2006 SFF Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, Canada: Best Live Action Short Film

2006 Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove : Silver Luna de Valencia

2006 Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival: Best Director

2006 Palm Springs International ShortsFest: Best of Festival Award

2006 Cineposible International Film Festival of Extremadura : Best Short Film

2006 Festival du Cinéma International de Abitibi-Témiscamingue : Télebéc Price

2006 Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne: Best European Short Film

2006 MedFilm Festival, Rome: Premio Methexis

2006 Siena International Short Film Festival: Audience Award

2006 The Norwegian Ministry of Culture's Human Rights Award

2007 Sedona International Film Festival: Best Foreign Language Short Film

2007 Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia: Jupiter Television Award, Best Short Film

2007 Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Black Pearl Award for Best Short Film

2007 The Golden Elephant - International Children's Film Festival India: The Silver Elephant for the best Short Fiction Live Action Film

2008 Manchester Kurdish Film Festival: Best Director, Best Film

 

 

THE BRIDGE (2003), 15 min:

 

Festivals:

The Norwegian short Film Festival 2003

 

Awards:

The Norwegian Short Film Festival
The Writers Guild of Norway's Award for Best Screenplay: Timeglasset -  

The Hourglass