Ava is 17 years old with a passion for the violin, crushes on boys and a typical adolescent rebellious streak. When Ava is marched to…
Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian born, Montreal-based filmmaker. She began her artistic career in 2003 by creating and producing short films, documentaries and video art. In 2005, she was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus as a writer/director. Foroughi participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, where she was selected to participate in the Why Democracy? short film project. Her short documentary Féminin, Masculin (2007) was nominated for the Best Non-European Film Award at the Grand Off-European Off Film Awards in Warsaw, and won the Best Short Film award at the Oxford Brooks University Annual Film and Music Festival. Foroughi graduated with an MA in Film Studies from the University of Provence, and obtained a degree in Film Production from the New York Film Academy.
She co-wrote, co-produced, and appeared in Kiarash Anvari’s feature-length film The Pot and the Oak (2017), which had its world premiere in the Bright Future Competition Section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sadaf’s debut feature film Ava had its premier in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Ava received an honourable mention as the Best Canadian Debut Feature Film and awarded the Discovery Section FIPRESCI Prize at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
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