Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, Presented by MovieMaker

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Sara Zandieh

Who: Sara Zandieh is an award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker. Her feature film, Simple Wedding, recently premiered at Film Independent’s L.A. Film Festival and will be released theatrically in 2019 by Blue Fox Entertainment.

Career Turning Point: Making my first short film, The Pool Party, was a big step. I grew so much on that film and having it recognized at Tribeca was both heartening and surprising. My first feature film, Simple Wedding, has also been a major turning point. I shed some of that adolescent happy go lucky filmmaking student attitude; the feature made me much more meticulous and aware about time and money.

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Every year, AFF brings together writers and storytellers for eight days of programming and networking. At this year’s screenwriters conference, AFF and MovieMaker will present a “Screenwriters to Watch” panel featuring writers from this list. More information at austinfilmfestival.com (October 21-31, 2019).

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