Amir Motlagh strives for an increasingly interdisciplinary approach at creating media and telling stories. He is a filmmaker by trade and practice, having written and directed over 15 narrative and non fiction projects that have screened all over the world, and experienced every form of distribution with.

He’s also experienced first hand the power of the internet when one of this early DIY short films spread virally before the term was popularized.

He received a BA in Psychology from UCLA, and an MFA in Production with an emphasis in Directing at Chapman University. He also spent time at the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood.

He leads a lean media labs startup, ANIMALS, that creates artful projects as motion pictures, television, the web, and the future (VR), with an emphasis on creativity and distinctiveness.

You can find him TWEETING here, uploading new videos on YOUTUBE and VIMEO, taking small snaps on INSTAGRAM, and occasionally posting at the intersection of the old and new here.

He believes that the future is bright, and we are responsible to lead with insight, humanity, and aesthetics.

His larger mission will be achieved through collaboration, and a focus on a global, trans-disciplinary approach which takes into account the power of connectivity.

He welcomes people who reach out. So, come say hello. Lets work. One final thing; he is MIRS.   


Partial List of Festival Screenings & Awards include -  deadCenter Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, 24fps International Short Film Festival, CiCFF, Iranian Film Festival, DanceswithFilms, Vancouver Asian American Festival, Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, DeepEllum Film Festilval, Silverlake Film Festival, Microcinema International Independent Exposure Series, Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Taos Shortz Film Festival, Hells Half Mile Film & Music Festival.

Motlagh has won the following awards - Gold Award "Best Feature" - Queen Palm International Film Festival - Three Worlds \ Audience Award for Best Post Modern Film - MAN - Calcutta International Cult Film Festival \ Audience Fusion Award - Still Lover - DancesWithFilms \ Best Lead Actor - Love@11:47 - 24fps International Short Film Festival \ Top Ten Atoms Films - Still Lover - AtomsFilms \ Best of Fest - Still Lover - YardFest LA.  

Exhibitions & Installations -

Yuchengco Museum - “Remix: Santiago Bose” - Group Show - Makati, Philippines
The Seed Gallery - “Light. Shadow & Motion” - Santa Ana, CA
Bassland Studios - Group Show - Santa Ana CA
Star Shoes - Group Show - Los Angeles CA
Sol Art Gallery - “Polaroids Tear My Heart Out” - Solo - Santa Ana CA
IVAG - Group Show - Costa Mesa CA
IVAG - Group Show - Costa Mesa CA

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