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Arman T. Riahi

Arman T. Riahi

Austria

Film Director

TFL

SeriesLab Participant 2021

biography

Arman T. Riahi was born in Iran and grew up in Vienna, Austria, where he directed his first short films as a teenager. He studied media technologies and worked as a screen- and graphic designer in London & Vienna. His first cinema doc Schwarzkopf (Dark Head, 2011) opened the documentary competition of the 17th Sarajevo FF, won the Audience Award at the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film and the Special Jury Mention Award at the Docudays Beirut Int’l Documentary FF. His second cinema doc Everyday Rebellion (2014), co-directed with his brother Arash, was screened at over 60 international film festivals. In 2013, Riahi was granted the START-Scholarship for Film Arts of the Austrian Federal Chancellery of Arts with his feature film treatment Fox in a Hole. Riahi’s first feature film, the comedy The Migrumpies, has won Audience Awards in Nashville and Saarbrücken, the ROMY for Best Script and was one of the most successful Austrian cinema movies of 2017 with over 90.000 admissions. In 2019, it was successfully adapted by Riahi, Petrović and Rahoma for theaters. For his second feature film Fox in a Hole (2020), Riahi won three awards at the 42nd Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, including Best Script and Best Director. Since 2013, Riahi is a lecturer at the masterclass Film/TV of the University of Applied Sciences for Media Technology in St. Pölten.