Ilgar Najaf was born March 2nd, 1975, in the Ararat region of the Armenian Republic (USSR). After ethnic conflict in 1988 when he was 13, he and his family were forcibly expelled from Armenia and became refugees. In 1993, he entered the Azerbaijan State University of Arts’ film director’s faculty. In 2004, he established the film studio Buta Film where he worked on a number of documentaries and short films as a producer as well as director.

In 2011, Ilgar directed Buta, which won the Asia Pacific Screen Award in 2011 for Best Children’s Feature Film. Pomegranate Orchard (2017) is his second feature film as director.

Accolades

Ilgar Najaf
Young Cinema Award, 2017

Ilgar Najaf

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)
Young Cinema Award, 2017

Ilgar Najaf

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)

Winner, Young Cinema Award, 2017 Pomegranate Orchard by Ilgar Najaf not only indicates the rise of Azeri cinema but also reflects the slow changes that Azeri society is undergoing. Competing…

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Khamis Muradov and Ilgar Najaf
Best Children's Feature Film, 2011

Buta

Best Children's Feature Film, 2011

Buta

Winner, Best Children’s Feature Film, 2011 Buta is a lonely seven year old Azerbaijani boy who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother. He…

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Films

Pomegranate Orchard
2017

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)

Azerbaijan
2017

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)

Winner, Young Cinema Award, 2017 Gabil returns home to the humble family farm stead, surrounded by an orchard of venerable pomegranate trees; since his sudden…

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Buta
2011

Buta

Azerbaijan
2011

Buta

Winner, Best Children’s Feature Film, 2011 Buta is a lonely seven year old Azerbaijani boy who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother. He…

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