Hamy Ramezan is a Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter. Having fled persecution in Iran, and survived Yugoslav refugee camps as a young boy, Ramezan and his family arrived in Finland in 1990.
Hamy graduated from the film school at UCA, Franham in 2007 after which his work has gained considerable positive attention, most recently winning the best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival for Listen (Kuuntele, 2014, co-directed with Rungano Nyoni). Consequently, the film is now Oscar-qualified.
Listen has also been nominated for the European Film Awards (2015) and selected for the Directors’ Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Ramezan’s short film Keys of Heaven (Paratiisin Avaimet, 2014) impressed the international festival circuit and took four prizes at the Tampere Film Festival, including the prestigious Risto Jarva Prize.
Over the Fence (Viikko ennen vappua, 2009) was a worldwide hit, having screened at more than 40 international festivals and earning eight prizes, including Best Live Action Short at the Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival, Best Fiction at Curtocircuito Santiago de Compostela and a Special Mention at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
Ramezan is currently developing two feature screenplays: Citizen B and The Motel of a Thousand Roses.
Hamy is an extraordinary talent who puts a lot of effort in character backdrops and cinematic depth.