Talent Guide

Elizabeth Mirzaei

  • Discipline:Cinematographer, Director
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2020


Elizabeth Mirzaei is a director and cinematographer of nonfiction films. Her first feature film Laila at the Bridge screened at dozens of festivals and picked up numerous awards. Elizabeth previously lived in Afghanistan where she directed films for Al Jazeera, the BBC, Discovery and numerous nonprofits. Elizabeth is a fellow of the Moving Picture Institute Cinematography Workshop, where she studied under Nancy Schreiber, ASC among others. She is currently co-leading a peer mentoring circle with Women in Film, and is a member of Film Fatales and the Alliance of Women Directors. She lives in California with her husband and daughter.

Current Project

How to Escape from Prison


Each year thousands of California prisoners serving life sentences fight to get parole. But can mock hearings, self-critique and tough training pay off in a broken system?