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About Navid Nikkhah Aza

Navid Nikkhah Azad, an Iranian political asylum seeker residing in the Netherlands, has a diverse professional background as a Film Director, Critic, and Journalist. His work in directing has been recognized, boasting multiple award-winning films showcased across more than 300 international film festivals. Navid Nikkhah Azad is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ). One of his notable works includes the short film 'The Recess' (2021), which portrays the tragic story of the Iranian football fan, Sahar Khodayari, also known as Blue Girl. This film has garnered over 160 international selections and 30 awards. In November 2023, Navid Nikkhah Azad fled to the Netherlands after producing "No End," a film scrutinizing the Iranian government and its leader Ali Khamenei. Concerned about facing imprisonment, torture, or worse, he sought political asylum in the Netherlands for safety and protection.

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'The Recess' competes for best award at International Sport Film Festival Slovenia

‘The Recess’ competes for best award at International Sport Film Festival...

“The Recess” by Navid Nikkhah Azad is nominated for the Best Film award at the 2024 International Sport Film Festival Slovenia.
Dutch RFG KinoClub Showcases 'No End' by Navid Nikkhah Azad

Dutch RFG KinoClub Showcases ‘No End’ by Navid Nikkhah Azad

RFG KinoClub in the Netherlands has announced a special screening of "No End," the latest film from acclaimed director Navid Nikkhah Azad, scheduled for...
'The Recess' Featured at Butoni Film Fest 2023

‘The Recess’ Featured at Butoni Film Fest 2023

"The Recess," directed by Navid Nikkhah Azad, was featured in the Butoni Film Fest's 2023 edition in Spain.
'The Recess' Seizes Coveted Piero Panarello Award at Corto di Sera Festival 2023

‘The Recess’ Seizes Coveted Piero Panarello Award at Corto di Sera...

"The Recess," directed by Navid Nikkhah Azad, clinched the prestigious "Piero Panarello" special prize at the 2023 "Corto di Sera" International Film Festival.
Acclaimed The Recess Garners Top Honor at the 2023 Garofano Rosso Film Festival

Acclaimed: “The Recess” Garners Top Honor at the 2023 Garofano Rosso...

"The Recess," directed by Navid Nikkhah Azad, was awarded the prestigious accolade in the FEMME program category at the 11th Garofano Rosso Film Festival...
'The Recess' competed at Ponme Un Corto 2023

‘The Recess’ competed at Ponme Un Corto 2023

"The Recess", directed by Navid Nikkhah Azad, was showcased in the main competition of the 2023 Ponme Un Corto in Spain from August 31...
The Recess competes in KINOLUB

The Recess competes in KINOLUB

"The Recess" by Navid Nikkhah Azad has been selected to compete in the 8th KINOLUB: International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Poland.