Sara Zandieh

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Sara Zandieh
NationalityIranian American
Known forShort film, Filmmaking, Film director
AwardsFulbright Scholar

Sara Zandieh is an Iranian American filmmaker[1] whose film, The Pool Party, won second place at the Tribeca Film Festival. It received a Special Jury Mention.[2][3][4] Zandieh is a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University.[5]


In 2009, Sara Zandieh entered a story called The Pool Party in the Narrative Magazine 30 Below contest for writers between the ages of 18 to 30.[6] She was among the top ten N30B finalists and won $100 for her effort.[6]

In 2010, Zandieh directed The Pool Party. It is a 14-minute short film that was shot in Tehran just prior to the 2009-2010 Iranian election crisis.[7] It documents the story of a male servant, who must fully repair a pool, while acting as a surrogate father to the master's daughter. Zandieh combined social realism with allegory to illustrate the servant's struggle.[1]

2010 Tribeca Film Festival[edit]

Zandieh's film was one of 47 short films screened in Lower Manhattan theaters.[8] Like Tal Rosner, Zandieh is a returning director.[8] Amongst other directors premiering films, she competed against Kirsten Dunst.[8] Student kudos went to the winning short, Some Boys Don't Leave, "with special mention going to Sara Zandieh's The Pool Party."[4]

On April 29, 2010, The Pool Party was shown at the Columbia University School of the Arts' 23rd Annual Film Festival.[9]


Zandieh won a 2009-2010 grant from the Fulbright Program.[5] This program is the "most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world."[10] She is one of 40 Kentucky students chosen and listed with the United States Department of State as being a filmmaking student from Turkey.[5]


Short films
  • Handsome Harry (2009)[11]
  • The Pool Party (2010)


  1. ^ a b "The Pool Party". Tribeca Film Festival. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  2. ^ Daniel Hubschman (April 30, 2010). "Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Winners!". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  3. ^ "When We Leave Scores Top Honors At Tribeca Film Festival". New York. April 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  4. ^ a b Gordon Cox (April 30, 2010). "German drama tops Tribeca awards". Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  5. ^ a b c "Fulbright 2009-2010 Grantees". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on May 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  6. ^ a b "N30B Contest Winners—2009". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  7. ^ "The Pool Party". Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  8. ^ a b c Gregg Kilday (March 18, 2010). "Tribeca fest to screen 47 shorts". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  9. ^ "Columbia University Film Festival 2010". March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  10. ^ "Why Is the Fulbright Program Unique?". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  11. ^ "Handsome Harry". Retrieved 2010-05-16.

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