I was born 1985 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. I came to Germany with my family in 1998, where we settled down in Cologne. It‘s been my hometown since then. Here, I finished my high school. After my biology teacher advised me against taking up biology courses at the university, which I planned on doing back then, I entered the film-scene by volunteering for a film project, run by the same teacher.
I began studying directing in 2006 at the ifs Internationale Filmschule Köln. An internship brought me back to Azerbaijan, where, between 2006 and 2008, I spent half a year working on different film productions. In 2012 I finally finished my course, obtaining the Bachelor of Arts in Directing. Since then, I‘ve been entering my graduation film “The Swing of the Coffin Maker“ into several film festivals and was already invited to come to Hollywood, where I was presented with a Student Academy Award.
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