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.


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 (October 21-31, 2019).

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