Ashkan Nematian



MY PERFECT BIRTHDAY a film by Parisa Ghasemi

Director and Script

DOP and Editing

Production Sound Mixer



Passion for Filmmaking

Ashkan Nematian started his artistic life with photography. He was a documentary photographer who spent two years of disciplined photographic work almost every day,  till his passion for filmmaking started at the age of 18 after participation in a masterclass of Abbas Kiarostami in 2006. Shortly after Ashkan Nematian made his first experimental short film which was selected in Tehran International Short Film Festival in 2007. He continues also taking photography and participating with his photos in different festivals and exhibitions. Just after two years of his inspiring visit with Abbas Kiarostami, there were 3 Photos of Ashkan Nematian in the Image of the Year of IRAN along with photos of the master Kiarostami. Ashkan continues working in the film and photography scene in Iran and after moving to the city of Linz for study also in Austria.

His first produced film in Austria, Residency won the “Best Film” award and been nominated for the best Directing at the NEW CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL Seattle USA 2017, meanwhile screened at other festivals, as part of the Best Off Kunstuni 2017 Linz exhibition as well as in CANNES COURT METRAGE 2018 and Talent on Stage at Austrian Cultural Forum, ÖKF Tehran. His other films such as “An Ordinary Waltz” and “Newcomer” participated in “Crossing Europe FilmFestival Linz”, 2015 and 2019. He started to work on his first feature film “Looteyo” in 2019.  

Looteyo strives to pay homage to the big names in Iranian cinema and also take inspiration from them through reflecting their cinematic language through an experimental film with a contemporary subject matter.


LOOTEYO (2022)

Screenplay, Directing and Cinematography (DOP):   Ashkan NEMATIAN                Title: LOOTEYO  I  Duration: 84 Minuten  I  Format: 2K  I  Genre: Drama  I  Language: Persian (Farsi)  I  Location: Iran, Hormuz  I  Producer Ashkan Nematian, Hadi Alimohammadi I  Editing: Hayedeh Safiyari  I  Sound Design: Ensieh Maleki  I Production Sound Mixer: Mahdi Yeganeh I Line Producer: Parisa Ghasemi  I  



Mansour, eleven years old, lives on an island in the Persian Gulf. He has to watch his father being killed on the beach. Even after six months, the culprit could not be found. His mother, now a single parent, has the dream of opening a café on the island to make a living. Mansour, with his response awareness, wants to support his mother, even if it means taking part in dubious actions in the drug trade to do so. He saves the money with the aim of buying the furnishings for the cafe and surprising his mother. Every day he stops by the store and looks at the dishes, the chairs, the devices. But when he has saved enough, his childish naivety returns and he spends his money on a game console. Lacking money again, he decides to offer games on the console for children in the island, in order to earn money again to make his mother’s dream possible. But his paranoia about the police and society after the drug experience leads him to a different fate.



Short film by Ashkan Nematian/Parisa Ghasemi 

Production: CLOSEfilm / TEO-Film 

DOP: Sorin Dragoi (RSC)

Actor: Saeed Zarei



An Iranian couple has been living together in Austria for several years. The woman’s brother comes from Iran to visit her. Then the husband realizes that his wife has hidden the truth that his brother wants to stay in Austria as a refugee. This leads to a conflict between the couple and ruins their relationship. 


CANNES SHORT FILM CORNER, Festival de Cannes, Frankreich

Crossing Europe film festival, Linz, Austria

Innsbruck film festival, Innsbruck, Austria

Sunday International short film festival, London, England

FFBF International short film festival,London, England

BestOff Kunstuniversität Linz, Linz, Austria



Short film by Ashkan Nematian/Parisa Ghasemi 

Production: CLOSEfilm / TEO-Film 

DOP: Sorin Dorian Dragoi (RSC)

Wilhelm Schwind (BestOff Film curator):

Residency covers the production of an exciting dance project: a traumatic experience is featured within a rehearsal space, which leads to questions of  experience, trust, closeness and will power – ideally depicted using the means of film.



WINNER WINTER SEASON, best long-short film, New Classic Cinema Film festival,Seattle, USA

Nomination for the best director, The New Classic Cinema Film festival, Seattle, USA, 

Nomination for the best supporting actor, New Classic Cinema Film festival, Seattle,USA

Red Finch Film Festival”,Orem, Utah, USA 

BestOff Kunstuniversität Linz, Linz, Austria

Asian Film Center global fest, Kolkata, India

Tanzhafen Festival Linz, Linz, Österreich

Talents on Stage Austrian Cultural Forum, Tehran, Iran

Titel: RESIDENCY  I  Duration: 27 minute  I  Format: 4K  I  Genre: Drama  I  Language: English  I  Location: Linz, Austria  I  Producer:  Ashkan Nematian, Sorin Dragoi  I  Writer & director: Parisa Ghasemi and Ashkan Nematian  I  DOP : (RSC) Sorin DORIAN DRAGOI  I  Music: MES, Saba Nedaei  I  Edit: Mohammad Nadjarian  I  Actor: Mariam HAGE, Tanja PRINZ, Sakher ALMONEM, Paula DOMINICI


The film is a free appropriation from the life of a Parisian ballet dancer named Marie, who was a model for Edgar Degas paintings and statues. Marie and three other dancers enter a dance residency. They should set up a performance, but they run into various problems.



Short film by Ashkan Nematian

Production: Ashkan Nematian


2015 An Ordinary Waltz, Crossing Europe film festival Linz, Linz, Austria

Title: AN ORDINARY WALTZ I  I  Duration: 8 minute  I  Format: HD  I  Genre: Drama  I  Language: Without/ English  I  Location: Iran  I  Producer:  Ashkan Nematian, CLOSEfilm Kollektiv  I  Director & writer: Ashkan Nematian  I  DOP : Majid Yousefzadeh  I  Edit: Nima Taghavi Zadeh  I  Actors: Mahoor Alvand, Saeed Zarei


The Unexpected Event (2009) short film 

Short Film market of  Clermont  film festival, Clermont, France


LIKE A SECRET (2007) short film

Short Film market of  Clermont  film festival, Clermont, France

International short film festival of Tehran , Iran

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