Nashwa Zaman is an award winning writer, director, actress and graduate of New York University’s Tisch Film & Television program. She is based in NYC.
Nashwa’s films have screened at film festivals internationally including San Jose International Short Film Festival and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Recently she was invited to present a selection of her works with New Cinema Club in New York for their screening series ‘In Focus’, where she talked about her process, and development as a filmmaker. At the beginning of 2019 she was invited to present her most recent short film Champ, and to discuss inclusivity in the film industry as part of the screening series ‘Short Movie Event’ at Kulturhuset in Oslo, Norway.
As an actress Nashwa was the lead in the award winning short film Taaza Khoon / Fresh Blood that has screened at 20 + film festivals including the 2018 Nashville Film Festival.
While Nashwa has experience at all levels of film production, upon graduating film school she worked as a sound editor and designer on numerous award winning films and performance projects. After leaving post – production sound, Nashwa became the US assistant to Wes Anderson on his film Isle of Dogs.
From 2008 – 2013, Nashwa hosted an all ages mobile showcase series called ‘Kerning House Showcases’, where a cross pollination of artists working in a wide array of mediums would present work in an uncurated open-mic platform. Her production company Kerning House Pictures takes its name from this project.
Nashwa was a core member during the fall 2018 season of Kalakars, a South-Asian & South-Asian American film lab based in NYC. There she developed a short screenplay about the antics of a Bangladeshi – American widow living in Northern Virginia.
Nashwa was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She speaks English, French and Bengali.