Naghmeh Farzaneh

Filmmaker, Animator, Educator


Staff Pick Premiere: an immigrant plants new roots

There’s no denying that we’re living in a defining cultural moment. A war of ideas is taking place on many fronts and fundamental principles once considered secure are being threatened by fear of the other. Anti-immigrant vitriol and policy is gaining support, while bans, deportations, and border walls have become ubiquitous in public dialogue. With pundits and politicians engaged in games of rhetoric, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the very human lives at stake. With this in mind, we’re proud to feature Naghmeh Farzaneh’s “Scent of Geranium” as this week’s Staff Pick Premiere. By using her own experience as an Iranian international student in the U.S., Farzaneh gives voice to the fears, doubts, and complex range of emotions that immigrants face and makes a powerful call for a more compassionate approach.


Vimeo announces August’s slate of Staff Pick Premieres, with a different one making its global online premiere on Vimeo each Wednesday. Vimeo’s popular Staff Picks channel is curated by a five-person team that highlights the best short-form content on the platform.

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This month’s slate includes Palm d’Or winner Ruben Östlund’s (The Square, Force Majeure) “Incident by a Bank,” Amelie Wen’s emotionally rich drama “Fata Morgana,” Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter’s hilarious animated film about a certain obsession with long breasts “Ivan’s Need,” Naghmeh Farzaneh’s autobiographical animated film about her own immigration experience “Scent of Geranium,” and the taut TIFF 2016 thriller “Trespass.”



Day by Day a collaboration between filmmaker Naghmeh Farzaneh and sculptor, Samantha Burns Exhibits at Electronics Alive IX at The University of Tampa.

From Jan. 24–March 3, The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will showcase the work of established and upcoming artists in the ever-evolving realm of digital art at Electronics Alive IX. This biennial invitational exhibition features experimental computer animations, interactive digital work and virtual spaces by digital artists from around the world. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3, from 7–9 p.m.

We are moving Stories interview with writer and director of animated short film Scent of Geranium Naghmeh Farzaneh: "The world we live in today is a true global village. We live in a world where all of us, no matter where we live, know at least one person who has immigrated at some point in their life. For that reason, I strongly believe that, for those who haven’t experienced immigration, it is important to know the challenges and consequences an immigrant faces on a daily basis."

Read the interview here

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Scent of Geranium wins the Audience Award for Best Animated Short at the 19th San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

Scent of Geranium in the short animated film finalist line up competing with Borrowed Time, Alike, Violet and Ways of Giants at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. 

Festival line up

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