Sara Zandieh (USA/Iran)

Sara Zandieh is an Iranian-American filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University in New York. Her short film The Pool Party won a Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Best Student Short at Cinequest, and played at film festivals worldwide. Sara was awarded a Fulbright Grant for filmmaking in Istanbul where she wrote and directed the short film Yabanci, distributed by Shorts International. In 2010, she was selected for a directing workshop at La Fémis, the French National Film School, where she wrote, directed and edited the comedic short film Deadline. Her thesis film, Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall, won the Focus Features Award for Best Film and the Student Selects Award for Best Directing at the Columbia University Film Festival. Sara is currently developing her first feature film.

Simple Wedding — Cultures clash and families collide when a Brooklyn couple attempts the perfect All-American Wedding.