Welcome to Festival of Arts' فستیوال هنر Gallery of THE IRANIAN ACHIEVERS

Welcome to Festival of Arts' فستیوال هنر Gallery of THE IRANIAN ACHIEVERS

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Edwin Avaness

Date of Birth
4 July 1971, Tehran, Iran

Mini Biography
Edwin Avaness received his Master of Arts Degree from Northwestern University's Radio-TV-Film Program, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Digital Media productions at University of California, Santa Cruz. He joined the executive board of Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art in 1999 and directed the 3rd Annual Arpa International Film Festival in 2000. The annual humanitarian honor, in conjunction with Arpa International Film Festival at Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, is co-created by Mr. Avaness, where filmmakers are awarded for their work that has contributed to the fight for social conscience and human rights issues. Among the past recipients of this award are documentary films Screamers (2006), Darfur Now (2007), Children of War (2009), and Aghet - Ein Völkermord (2010) (TV). Mr. Avaness also serves as a board member of Armin T. Wegner Society of USA, where the society revives the legacy of this 20th Century humanist through his work.

After co-producing his first feature film, My Dark Days (2001), at Bearsmouth Entertainment, Mr. Avaness joined J F Productions where he oversaw all aspects of productions for the company. During his time at J F Productions Mr. Avaness produced and directed the feature film The Journey (2002). This feature was shot internationally with a full international cast and crew. The Journey was awarded the Audience Award at the Milan International Film Festival in 2002. Mr. Avaness also worked at Arbor Vitae Entertainment as a producer of Tabriz: Images from the Forgotten World (2006), an international docudrama, which has gone on to popular reception and awards during its tour of over ten film festivals.

Mr. Avaness later joined EOS Entertainment as the head of development and productions where he optioned Edward Minasian's book Musa Dagh to produce the documentary Epic Denied: Depriving the Forty Days of Musa Dagh (2015) which covers the trials and tribulations of Hollywood's multiple attempts to produce an epic movie based on Franz Werfel's bestseller novel.

As a joined venture with LA Independent Film and Entertainment, he produced Virginity (2013) a film about human rights issues, which was denounced by the major Iranian broadcast TV, Seda va Sima, as the latest Hollywood product made as propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mr. Avaness has several projects in development stages with different entertainment companies.

Producer (6 titles)
2015 Epic Denied: Depriving the Forty Days of Musa Dagh (documentary) (producer) (announced)

2014 Damn Foreigners (producer) (post-production)

2013 Virginity (producer)

2006 Tabriz: Images from the Forgotten World (documentary) (producer)

2002 The Journey (producer)

2001 My Dark Days (co-producer)

Editor (3 titles)
2013 Virginity (co-editor)

2006 Tabriz: Images from the Forgotten World (documentary)

2002 The Journey

Director (2 titles)
2015 Epic Denied: Depriving the Forty Days of Musa Dagh (documentary) (attached) (announced)

2002 The Journey

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2015 Epic Denied: Depriving the Forty Days of Musa Dagh (documentary) (script) (announced)

2002 The Journey

HCinematographer (2 titles)
2015 Epic Denied: Depriving the Forty Days of Musa Dagh (documentary) (announced)

2002 The Journey

eActor (1 title)
2001 My Dark Days
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