Naghmeh Farzaneh


Naghmeh Farzaneh is an Iranian filmmaker, art director, and animator based in Chicago. Her independent films have received international recognition and awards at several festivals.

Her animated short Scent of Geranium was selected as one of the 10 best short films in 2017 by the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

Farzaneh has extensively collaborated with independent artists and filmmakers. She has held key roles as a director and art director for clients such as The New Yorker, Sesame Workshop, ACLU, TED-Ed, and the Onassis Foundation, among others. 

Farzaneh was the animation art director of the feature documentary In the Dark of the Valley, which received an Emmy nomination for outstanding Social Issue Documentary in 2022.

In addition, she serves as an assistant professor at DePaul University, teaching animation.

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