Elizabeth Mirzaei

Elizabeth Mirzaei is a director and cinematographer of nonfiction films. Her first feature film Laila at the Bridge screened at dozens of festivals including Locarno and CPH:DOX and picked up numerous awards. Elizabeth previously lived in Afghanistan, where she directed films for Al Jazeera, the BBC, Discovery and numerous nonprofits. She is a 2020 Film Independent Fellow and a Moving Picture Institute Screenwriting and Cinematography Fellow. As a cinematographer, her work has been shown at Venice Film Festival, TIFF, and on POV. She is currently co-leading a peer-mentoring circle with Women in Film. Elizabeth lives in California with her husband and daughter.