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Zareh Tjeknavorian

School: European Film College (EFC)
Field of Teaching: Directing
Website Reference: https://www.europeanfilmcollege.com/contact-directions/employees/
Major Achievements: Zareh was born in Fargo, North Dakota into a family of musicians and grew up in Tehran, London, Frankfurt, Paris and New York. At age 4 he switched plans from becoming an astronaut to making movies after watching the horror classic The Brides of Dracula on Iranian TV. Graduating from NYU film school, he began his directing career amidst the ruins of the USSR, drawn to stories set in the aftermath of genocide and dictatorship. Over the years he’s pursued his obsessions with esotericism, ancient life-ways and lost histories through acclaimed short and long-form films.

Zareh’s work screens regularly at festivals and has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the 2019 Kinoskop Analog Film Festival in Belgrade, Best Experimental Film at the 2021 ‘Caligari’ Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror in Valencia, Best Visionary Short at the 2021 Psychedelic Film & Music Festival in New York City, and Best Picture at the 2021 Hermetic International Film Festival in Venice.

Before coming to EFC, Zareh lived in Brooklyn, Albuquerque, and Yerevan, where he started a family and embraced his calling as a teacher, sharing his lifelong passions for cinema and learning at the American University of Armenia.




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