Fateme Ahmadi, a writer/director from Barnet, has been spotlighted in a list of 25 innovative filmmakers and craftspeople by Film London.

The inaugural list of Lodestars was recently announced during a celebratory event at h Club London, marking a brand new showcase for London-based talent.

With lodestars known for their inspiration and guidance, the list celebrates directors, writers, producers, cast members, heads of department and behind the scenes talent who shine with outstanding creativity or craftsmanship.

Selected from over 700 people who have worked with Film London over the past three years, Lodestars reflects the breadth of talent across London’s screen industries celebrating a variety of successes, from international festival circuits and award wins to community and environmental impact and gallery residencies.

Fateme Ahmadi is a writer/director based between London and Tehran. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017 and her third short film Bitter Sea was a BIFA nominee for the Best British Short. It also received four nominations at the festival of Iran’s Film Academy (Khaneh Cinema). Fateme’s latest film, Leila’s Blues, premiered in the 50th anniversary of Directors‘ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Fateme is currently developing her first feature as well as working as the associate producer on a feature documentary edited by legendary Walter Murch.

Fateme said: “It’s been an amazing journey with Film London – truly life changing! We had all the support we could wish for, from developing the script in pre-production to spreading the news of our festival accolades after the film started its festival life. Moreover, the recognition itself strengthened my belief in my vision as a filmmaker and opened many other doors for me. Film London is a lovely family to be a member of and I am eternally grateful to them for their support and kindness.”