The film industry was primarily male dominated, but the popularity of female filmmakers has increased over the years. Young filmmaker Melicka Jamshidabadi has made a name for herself, offering film viewers fresh new perspectives that are unlikely to be captured with a male filmmaker behind the wheel.
Jamshidabadi is one of the few talents who can do everything. She has written, directed, produced and edited many of her short films. People like her are exceptional talents who are often the driving force behind some of the most original and imaginative ventures in the industry.
Multi-talented young filmmakers often have a clear vision for their work and an unwavering determination to make their projects a reality, especially when they have a social impact. The rise of popcorn filmmaking and the current entertainment landscape in general can prove difficult for these projects to see the light of day. However, the results are often worth it.
An eye for photography and film
Jamshidabadi grew up in Tehran, Iran before moving to the United States at the age of 12. She began her filmmaking career during her freshman year of high school. She would see some early successes and take on bigger projects soon after. Jamshidabadi began working professionally with photography and film at the age of 16.
The young artist rose to prominence by creating branded promos and showcasing her work on social media. Her distinctive perspective and flair for interesting images captivated the internet. She has built a large following on social platforms like TikTok and Instagram. The general public has recognized her talent in the field of videography.
Jamshidabadi’s efforts have also been recognized by the film industry. In June 2018, she was awarded Best Young Filmmaker by the Los Angeles Film Festival for her short film “Disparity”, making her the youngest Iranian filmmaker to win this award. Her other work has received awards at various film festivals. She wrote, directed, produced and edited her award-winning film.
An inspiration to others
Being a woman is a challenge, especially in a male-dominated industry like film. Jamshidabadi’s success in her young career shows that women with enough discipline, perseverance and determination can produce outstanding films that open up new perspectives for audiences. Jamshidabadi’s work has made an impact on and off the screen. Jamshidabadi cites Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola and Jane Campion as influences in her work.
“There are very few female directors and cinematographers in the industry and I hope to inspire more female filmmakers to grow in this space,” she says. Jamshidabadi is motivated to set an example for young artists to follow their dreams.
You can find more information about Melicka Jamshidabadi and her upcoming projects on her Instagram or Tiktok pages.
Adrian John Ignacio is chief journalist at Review Rumble Ltd.