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About Me

DIRECTOR.
PRODUCER.
STORYTELLER. 

Drawn to honoring human interest stories marginalized in history by war, disability, or gender, Sarah R. Lotfi's film career spans more than a decade. Viewing foreign language films through a lens to connect to a global identinty beyond her Persian and Chinese roots, fueled a passion for telling  universal stories within diverse cultures. Lotfi's screenplays have been finalists with the American Gem, Sundance Institute, and Big Vision Empty Wallet development programs. Her company DOG AND ROSE MEDIA, was launched to produce compelling visual narratives, most recently KNIGHT TO QUEEN. As Senior Video Producer for PETERSON'S, she produces high-concept, state-of-the-art, educational video content for B2B and DTC markets.

Lotfi has presented on independent filmmaking for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva and New York City, taught film at the University of Colorado, and is an alumnus of the EMMY FOUNDATAION and  TRANSATLANTIC TALENT LAB with Reykjavik International Film Festival. Her works has been featured in WIPO magazine (Geneva, Switzerland), The Huffington Post (New York), Film Courage (Los Angeles), and Screen Read (Bonn, Germany).
 

Notable production credits include Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER (2017) and HBO's CINEMA VERITE: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY (2011) along with work in reality with ABC and National Geographic. The writer/director of the acclaimed German-language short, MENSCHEN (2013) on disability in the last days of WWII which was distributed by on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Sarah lives with her husband, curious toddler and their rescue, Hanley the 'shepsky' (German-shepherd-husky). In her spare time she enjoys bringing medieval illuminations to life through animation on INSTAGRAM @postivelymedievalart and reviews the odd film or show on LETTERBOX under the name filmmaiden 

SELECT ACCOLADES

ROME WORLD CINEMA FEST 2023

Knight to Queen

'Best Narrative Short'
 

AUDIENCE AWARDS 2016

Colorado Revealed: Worlds Within

'Most Voted Film'

SUNDANCE WRITERS LAB 2015

original screenplay, Preemptive Measures

'Finalist'

TRANSATLANTIC TALENT LAB 2014

Menschen, Golden Egg Competition

WORLDFEST HOUSTEN 2014

Menschen, 'Special Jury Award"

LIFE FEST FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Menschen, 'Best Short Film'

'Founder's Award for Excellence' 

'Audience Choice'

FILMSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Menschen, 'Best of Fest', 'Best Actor'

37th STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2010

The Last Bogatyr

Regional Winner & National Finalist

AMERICAN GEM 2007

Short Screenplay, HEARD

Special Honorable Mention

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