About Azimi -Director

Commercial - Film - Live Broadcasting - Music Video - Documentary - News Event - Imagery

HISTORY
zimi is truly an international director and producer.  With numerous Music Videos, Documentaries, Commercials, Promos, TV and Live Events under his belt, he is one of the most versatile directors and producers you will meet.   He has produced and shot numerous projects around the world.  Most of them being in extremely harsh and dangerous situations.  His creativity and dedication have been noticed and commended by many dignitaries.

His production experiences in all fields (including; writing, directing, editing, producing, cinematography and CGI) have given him the knowledge and expertise to run any production flawless, on time and budget. This allows him to perfectly balance the business aspects and artistic aspects of each project.

This Iranian born Director/Producer was introduced to film and television at a very young age by his late father who was a news anchor in Iran.  Azimi grew up around  television sets and soon fell in love with this visual art. 

His family left Iran in 1990 due to political problems.  They moved to Holland for a few years, and finally to Canada where Azimi attended a film and television school.  Growing up during the Iran and Iraq war, and then living in refugee camps in Holland, gave him a new perspective on life.  Seeing his parents leave everything they had behind to provide a better and safer life for him and his brother made him realize what true sacrifice is.

Azimi got his foot in the door working for Toronto’s news channel CityTV as a camera man.  Soon after that he perused a career which took him to over 30 countries covering war zones and natural disasters for NGOs and several media outlets.  Azimi has photographed (published), produced, shot and directed documentaries and news footage in many countries including Palestine (Gaza Strip), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ukraine, Turkey, UAE and Haiti.  Throughout all of his trips he received numerous appreciation awards for his work from dignitaries such as the Premiere of Ontario and the Prime Minister of Canada.

Seeing so much tragedy and sadness made Azimi realize one thing in life.  “No matter how hard things are, there is always somebody out there worse off than you.”   Seeing the beauty in people, their cultures and the strong will to move forward in dire times, has inspired him to continue growing as an artist and overcoming barriers.

CURRENTLY
His versatility allows him to jump back and forth between a heart wrenching documentary world and artistic, more commercial world such as music video productions. He recently wrapped up a music video featuring Snoop Dogg and is in currently in development for a feature length documentary for theatrical release.
Azimi is the co-Executive Producer and developer of a few major upcoming television series.  

He was recently made a judge for the 2012 Banff World Media Festival and also acts as the International Programs Manager for the Canadian International Search and Rescue (C.A.N.I.S.A.R) when he is not behind the camera.  Azimi’s expertise in international relations and disaster management has drawn a lot of attention towards him from the international NGO community.  Azimi has accepted the volunteer position (he does not believe in getting paid to assist people in dire times) with C.A.N.I.S.A.R to develop one the biggest and fastest responding disaster teams in the world.

His passion for humanitarian work takes him to Cambodia every year where he supports many local organizations such as the Chres Orphanage, Angkor Children's hospital and clean water programs on the Tonle Sap lake where over one million people live on floating rafts.


Northern Pakistan during the civil unrest. Covering a story in the world's largest IDP camp.

Bangladesh, during a cyclone relief deployment
Selected Credits
  FEATURE & SHORT FILMS:

2013 - Last Party (Development)

2012 - Cambodia, yesterday and today
Documentary

2012 – AOB (pre-production)
Type: Feature Film

2006 – 8 Million Dollars
Type: Feature Film (HD)

2005 - Bekhal's Tears
Type: Feature Film (HD)

2005 – Sacrifice
Type: Short film (35mm)

2005 - Cambodia: Peace by Piece
Type: Feature Documentary

2004 - Saving Paradise
Type: Feature Documentary

2003 – June
Type: Short Film

2003 - A Visible World
Type: Short Film

  MUSIC VIDEOS:

2013 - Life of the Party
Artist: Prty H3ro

2013 - Scartown Luv
Artist: General

2013 - Sing of the Times
Artist: Poor Young Things

2013 - Emergency ft. Snoop Lion
Artist: Audio Playground

2012 - Emergency ft. Snoop Dogg
Artist: Audio Playground

2012 - Sunshine Girl
Artist: Kondriah

2011 - Famous avec Randy Raymond
Artist: Audio Playground

2011 - Stick & Slide
Artist: Kondriah

2011 - Can't Feel
Artist: The Joys

2011 - Famous ft. Kardinal Offishall
Artist: Audio Playground

2010 - Stand
Artist: Patrick Nind

2010 - Shadows
Artist: Audio Playground

2009 - Respect (Ballad)
Artist: Audio Playground

2009 - Just a Girl
Artist: Jessica Tyler

2009 - Respect
Artist: Audio Playground

2008 - Emotions
Artist: Outtacontrol Music - Danny D

2003 – Whatchagonnado
Artist: HeadStones

2003 - Favorite Girls
Artist: General / Born Hungry

  TELEVISION SHOWS:

2013 - Hunter Force - Development

2012 - Love Shack - Development

2012 - Back Alley Brokers - Development

2008 - Freedom Fight
Type: Live event shooting for a television series
Client: Freedom Fight Productions

2008 - Freedom Fight 2008 (January)
Type: Live event shooting for a television series
Client: TSN - Freedom Fight Productions

2007 - The Strip
Type: Pilot
Client: Canoe.ca

2007 – TSN's King of the Cage
Type: Live event shooting for a television series
Client: TSN – King of the Cage

2006 - TSN's Apex Evolution (3 episodes)
Type: Live event shooting for a television series
Client: TSN ( Canada 's sports leader)

2006 - TSN's Freedom Fight 2006 (2 episodes)
Type: Live event shooting for a television series
Client: TSN ( Canada 's sports leader)

2003 - Fairy Tales (PrideVision TV)
Type: Television Show

2003 - Ghost Hunt (TV Pilot)
Type: TV Pilot

2003 - Break & Enter
Type: TV Promo

  NATIONAL NEWS:

2010 - Haiti Earthquake
Type: News story
Client: CityNews - CP24 / CNI - CBC - Global - CTV

2009 – Indonesia Earthquake
Type: News story
Client: CityNews - CP24 / CNI - CBC - Global - CTV

2008 – China Earthquake
Type: News story
Client: CityNews - CP24 / CNI - CBC - Global - CTV

2007 – Bangladesh Cyclone Sird
Type: News story
Client: CP24 / CNI - CBC - OMNI - Al Jazeera

2007 – Bangladesh Flooding
Type: News story
Client: CityTV – CBC – CTV

2007 – Indonesia Flooding
Type: News Serial
Client: CityTV

2005 - Pakistan Earthquake Coverage
Type: News story
Clients: CityTV – CBC – CTV

2005 - Guatemala Landslide coverage
Type: News story
Clients: CityTV – CBC – CTV

2005 - Compassion for Cambodia
Type: News Serial
Client: CityTV

2004 - CityTV (CityPulse)
Type: National News

2004 - Omni1 News
Type: National News

2003 - Lifeline for Sri Lanka
Type: News Serial
Client: CityTV

  COMMERCIALS:

2011 - MMA Mortgages

2010 - Pegalax

2009 – TacWear (x2)

2006 – SupperWorks / SunTV (x2)

2006 – Hakim Optica / SunTV (x3)

2006 – Reno Canada / SunTV (x3)

2006 - Cobra Energy Drink

  CORPORATE & DVD

2011 - Haiti Cholera
Type: Doc Teaser

2010 – Haiti Earthquake
Type: Corporate Doc

2009 – AMEMSO Awards (live event production)
Type: Awards show

2009 – Indonesia Earthquake
Type: Corporate doc

2009 – Pakistan Conflict Relief
Type: Corporate doc

2009 – Gaza Strip Relief
Type: Corporate doc

2008 – China Earthquake
Type: Corporate doc

2007 – National Hypnotherapy Centres Inc.
Type: Corporate video

Credit: Editor
2007 – Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr
Type: Corporate doc

2007 – Mexico Flooding
Type: Corporate doc

2007 – Bangladesh Flooding
Type: Corporate doc

2007 – Aids Knows no Colour - Stephen Lewis Foundation
Type: Corporate teaser

2007 – Sri Lanka
Type: Corporate doc

2006 - Barbados AIDS conference
Type: Corporate television piece

2006 - Apex Genesis DVD
Type: DVD of live event

2006 - ACH (Corporate)
Type: Corporate programming

2006 - FCF - Future Cambodia Fund (Corportate)
Type: Corporate programming

2006 - SCC - Schools for Children of Cambodia (Corporate)
Type: Corporate programming

2006 - GlobalMedic in Cambodia (Corporate)
Type: Corporate programming

2005 - Freedom Fight 2005 DVD
Type: DVD

2005 - Health 2000 Inc
Type: Corporate stories

2005 - Destiny Group of Companies Marketing
Type: Corporate stories

2003 - Colors of Pakistan
Type: Corporate Promo

  PRINT / PHOTOGRAPHY:

2010 – Haiti Earthquake
Client: The Toronto Sun

2009 – Tacwear Promo
Client: Tacwear

2009 – Gaza Strip conflict
Client: The Toronto Sun

2008 – China Earthquake
Client: The Toronto Sun

2008– China Earthquake
Client: EMS Live

2007– Cyclone Sidr
Client: The Guardian (UK)

2007– Cyclone Sidr
Client: The Toronto Sun