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Babak Jalali

About Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali is a British Iranian filmmaker.

Having received a BA degree in East European Studies and an MA in Politics from the University of London, Babak went to London Film School where he graduated with an MA in Filmmaking.

His graduation film, HEYDAR. AN AFGHAN IN TEHRAN screened at 60 film festivals worldwide and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film.

He was selected as one of the residents at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL CINEFONDATION RESIDENCE where he developed his first feature film FRONTIER BLUES.

FRONTIER BLUES premiered in the International Competition at the LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL went on to screen at over 20 festivals worldwide. It won the FIPRESCI award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and was released in cinemas in the UK, Switzerland and Austria.

Babak’s second feature RADIO DREAMS premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the Festival’s Tiger Award. It toured several other festivals worldwide while Babak worked to put together his third feature LAND,  a modern western set in a Native American reservation which premiered at the BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in the Panorama section.

Babak’s fourth feature FREMONT, co-written with Carolina Cavalli, will receive its world premiere at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2023. Babak is currently writing an adaptation of the acclaimed novel ONE OF THE BOYS by Daniel Magariel together with the author, and is developing another co-written screenplay with Carolina Cavalli among other original projects.


    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • SOUTHCLIFFE (2013)
    • Warp Films/Channel 4
    • Second Unit Director


    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • FREMONT (2023)
    • Butimar Productions
    • Sundance World Premiere
    • LAND (2018)
    • Asmara Films, The Cup of Tea
    • Developed in collaboration with TorinoFilmLab FrameWork, Paris Project, Sofia Meetings e New Cinema Network Roma.
    • RADIO DREAMS (2016)
    • Butimar Productions
    • Winner of the Tiger Award - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016
    • FRONTIER BLUES (2016)
    • Caspian Films
    • Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize - San Francisco International Film Festival 2010
    • Heydar: An Afghan in Tehran (SHORT FILM, 2005)
    • Nomination for Best Short BAFTA 2006 | Winner Best Student Short - New York City Short Film Festival 2005