Ana Lily Amirpour made her first film at age 12 –a horror movie starring guests of a slumber party. She has a varied background in the arts including painting, sculpting, and touring the nation as frontwoman of an indie rock band, before she eventually moved to Los Angeles to make films. Ana Lily’s short films have played at festivals around the world including the Berlinale, BFI London, Edinburgh, IKFF Hamburg, Slamdance, Nashville, NYCIFF and Seoul Korea Children’s Festival. Her 2011 short film PASHMALOO was acquired by Arté Television and in 2011 Ana Lily was one of five filmmakers chosen by the Berlinale to shoot a film, funded by the Medienboard in Germany. She spent 4 months in Berlin shooting A LITTLE SUICIDE, an intricate film that mixed stop-motion animation with live-action footage. The film was a nominee for the 2012 Berlin Today Awards. Ana Lily has participated in filmmaker programs like the Berlinale Talent Campus, FIND screenwriter and director Labs, Tribeca All Access, and FIND’s Fast Track. She was the 2009 recipient of the Adrienne Shelly Fellowship in Screenwriting and 2008 grand prize winner of the Bluecat Screenwriting Award.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is Amirpour’s debut feature film, and made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT category. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night had a theatrical run at the IFC Center in New York and is now available online (Netflix, iTunes).

Ana Lily is currently in post-production on her second feature The Bad Batch. Amirpour won a $10,000 grant fromRooftop Films‘ Piper Heidsieck Feature Film grant to finish up the project, which was then described as “a highly twisted, unusual, romantic, and innovative movie set in a future dystopia.

Winning Project: The Stones