Sam Chegini

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Sam Chegini
Sam Chegini (left) with UNIMA General Secretary, Jacques Trudeau
Sam Chegini (left) with UNIMA General Secretary, Jacques Trudeau (right) and a Dr. Teeth Muppet replica at the 'International Student Puppetry Festival', Tehran, Iran (2011)
Sam Chegini

(1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 27)
Known forIllustration, Music video, Video art, Graphic design, Puppetry
Notable work
The Lyre of Mesopotamia (2009)
Traveller (2012)
AwardsRoyal Reel Award for Traveller (2013), 2nd place Boomtown Film & Music Festival for Traveller (2013), Persbook Art Award for the Lyre of Mesopotamia

Sam Chegini (Persian: سام چگینی‎) is an award winning Iranian artist born in Tehran in 1992 in an artistic family.

In 2009 Sam joined VOP (Voice of Peace), a group that worked on reconstructing ancient Persian musical instruments, sponsored by United Nations Human Settlements Programme and IAARA. He made the artistic film The Lyre of Mesopotamia, which received an award for 'best video art' in the 1st Persbookart Contest on Facebook in 2010. In 2011 Dutch singer/songwriter Linde Nijland asked him to make a music video for her song "Traveller",[1] after having seen a video he made for the song 'A Spaceman Came Travelling' by Chris de Burgh. Traveller has been the official selection of many prestigious music video and film festivals around the globe and has been screened in different countries so far.[2] In 2013, Sam won the Royal Reel Award from Canada International Film Festival for this music video and it was also voted no. 1 in the Frisian charts in the Klipkar+TV programme.[3]

in 2016 Sam made an animated music video for renowned British comedian, actor, musician, Sir Lenny Henry, titled "The Cops Don't Know" which was premiered on Classic Rock Magazine on April 20, 2016. Henry praised the video in his interview with Classic Rock Magazine saying the video has a "labour of love" style and "Sam is clearly gifted." [4]

in 2017 Sam joined Verbatim Theater Group for the play MANUS, directed by Nazanin Sahamizadeh. As Video Artist, Video Mapper and International affairs, Sam worked with the team in 3 International festivals including the 36th Fajr International Theater Festival (Tehran, Iran), 2 performances in Bangladesh, (Chittagong and Dhaka) and 10th International Theatre Festival of Kerala (Thrissur, Kerala, India). [1]

As Artistic Director, Sam organized the 9th Wordless International Short Film Festival in the city of Qazvin, Iran, same time screening with Sydney, Australia in November 2017.[2]

in 2018 Sam was invited to the Talent Campus of the 36th International Fajr Film Festival, Darolfonoon and has had masterclasses with likes of Oliver Stone, Jörn Donner, Thomas Mauch, Roberto Perpignani, Karen Shakhnazarov, Reza Kianian, Mehran Kashani, Ebrahim Hatamikia, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Naghmeh Samini, Mehrdad Oskouei, etc.[3][4]

In August 2018, Sam created and hosted an online series of interviews titled "SamChats" on YouTube and Aparat, interviewing the most successful international artists worldwide, designated for the Persian speaking audience for the first time. In the first 2 episodes, Neil Taylor, Lena Katina and Alex Jolig have appeared on the show.[5]

Sam Chegini is also a member of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Leaders. [6]


Year English title Original title Transliteration
2006-2007 Words Like A Dream کلماتی همچو رویا Kalamati hamcho Roya
2009 The Lyre of Mesopotamia بربط بین النهرین Barbat-e-Beynolnahreyn
2011 A Spaceman Came Travelling مرد بیگانه سفر می کند Marde Biganeh Safar Mikonad
2012 Traveller مسافر Mosafer
2016 The Cops Don't Know پلیس ها نمی دانند Police ha Nemeedaanand
2018 SamChats Series مجموعه گپی با سام SamChats


Year English title Original title Transliteration
2014 The City of Mice 2 شهر موش ها 2 Shahr-e-Moosh ha 2
2012 Iran Student Puppetry Festival جشنواره دانشجویی تئاتر عروسکی Jashnvare Theatr-e-Arousaki
2011 Moon Kids theatre نمایش بچه های ماه Bachehay-e-Maah
2011 Sunflower TV series (8th Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی آفتابگردان 8 Aaftaabgardan
2009 Sunflower TV series (5th Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی آفتابگردان 5 Aaftaabgardan
2009 Goldooneha TV Series (2nd Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی گلدونه ها 2 Goldooneha
2008 Sunflower TV Series (4th Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی آفتابگردان 4 Aftabgardan
2008 Goldooneha TV Series (1st Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی گلدونه ها 1 Goldooneha
2007 Sunflower TV Series(2nd Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی آفتابگردان 2 Aftabgardan
2007 Sunflower TV Series(2nd Series) مجموعه تلویزیونی آفتابگردان 2 Aftabgardan



  1. ^ Folkforum report of Noordfolk festival
  2. ^ Traveller (2012 music video)
  3. ^ Klipkar+ March 16, 2013,
  4. ^ "Lenny Henry launches The Cops Don't Know video". Classic Rock. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  5. ^ "shortpole". shortpole. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  6. ^ "The Monthly Film Festival".
  7. ^ "Award". International Motion Picture Festival. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "2013 CIFF Award Winners and Official Selections". Archived from the original on 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  10. ^ "MY HERO website". Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  11. ^ "BN DeStem". Retrieved 2013-02-28.


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