Initial PGF Award: Narrative Graduate Film Scholarship, 2008
Iman Zawahry was born in Panama City, Florida in 1980. In 1998, she moved to Gainesville, FL to attend the University of Florida where she received a BAin Religion and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Upon graduation Iman worked with Bridges TV, the first American Muslim Television network, as a free-lance journalist. In 2006 Iman attended Florida State University Film School and has directed three short films, of which “Tough Crowd” was awarded an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Emmy Award. “Tough Crowd” has also been accepted at this year’s DC Shorts Film Festival and the 12th Annual Arab Film Festival. Her first film, “Neighbors of Mass Destruction,” was screened at a Women’s Gala in Alabama and also won second place award at Virginia Commonwealths Short Film Competition.