Hisham Zaman (Before Snowfall & Letter to the King)

Posted on January 11, 2014

Hisham Zaman (b. 1975), graduated from The Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer in 2004. His short film The Bridge (2003), made in collaboration with fellow students and privately financed, won The Norwegian Playwright’s Association’s Award for Best Screenplay at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in 2003. His diploma film The Roof (2004) was invited to, and screened at, several international film festivals. Arguably his breakthrough film, Bawke (2005) became a hit on the international festival circuit, and has received more than 40 national and international awards. In 2007 he directed another noteworthy short film; the comedic drama Winterland (2007), a warm and humorous diaspora-story about a Kurdish refugee settled in godforsaken spot in Northern Norway. In 2013 Hisham Zaman is releasing his debut feature film “Before Snowfall” – A road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan.


2005 The Norwegian Short Film Festival: Audience Award, Gullstolen – The Golden Chair Award for Best Short Film, Prix UIP Grimstad, The Norwegian Film Workers Associations Technical Award, to Cinematographer Marius M. Gulbrandsen, The Writers Guild of Norways Award for Best Screenplay: Timeglasset – The Hourglass2005 Nordisk Panorama – 5 Cities Festival, Bergen: Canal+ Award, Special Mention, Short Films 2005 Brest European Short Film Festival: Mention Spécial du Jury Jeune, Mention of the Jury2006 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival: Prix de la Jeunesse 2006 Human Rights Film Festival Donostia – San Sebastian: Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film
2006 Aspen Shortsfest: BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence, Special Jury Recognition for Outstanding Performance by a Child, to Broa Ako Rasol
2006 Shadowline Salerno Film Festival: The Young Jury Award for Best European Short 2006 Huesca International Film Festival : Special Mention
2006 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival: Best Live Action Short Film
2006 Cinema Jove International Film Festival: Silver Luna de Valencia
2006 Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival: Best Director
2006 Palm Springs International Shortfest: Best of Festival Award
2006 Cineposible International Film Festival of Extremadura : Best Short Film 2006 Festival du Cinéma International de Abitibi-Témiscamingue : Télebéc Price
2006 Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne: Best European Short Film
2006 MedFilm Festival, Rome: Premio Methexis 2006 Siena International Short Film Festival: Audience Award
2006 The Norwegian Governments Human Rights Award 2007 Sedona International Film Festival: Best Foreign Language Short Film
2007 Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia: Jupiter Television Award, Best Short Film
2007 Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Black Pearl Award for Best Short Film
2007 The Golden Elephant – International Children’s Film Festival Hyderabad: The Silver Elephant for the best Short Fiction Live Action Film 2008 Manchester Kurdish Film Festival: Best Director, Best Film