Dr Kaveh Abbasian is an award-winning academic, filmmaker, and festival programmer, based in London, UK. He studied film first at the Tehran University of Art (Iran) and then at the Roehampton University of London where in 2019 he completed his practice-based PhD project titled Chronicle of Triumph: Iranian National Identity and Revolutionary Shi'ism in Morteza Avini's Sacred Defence Documentaries. Kaveh has received multiple awards for his academic achievements; these include but are not limited to the University of Roehampton MA Scholarship, Techne AHRC PhD Scholarship, and AHRC International Placement Scheme award (IPS) the last of which resulted in a fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in 2016. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
Kaveh is a practicing filmmaker with a focus on documentaries. His works have been screened in many film festivals and exhibitions around the world such as the Venice Biennale, Havana International Film Festival, London East End Film Festival, and the Paris International Festival of Cinema in Exile. His upcoming feature-length documentary film Triumph will be released in 2021.
He currently works as a visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton and as an associate lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. He is also the former director of programming for the London Kurdish Film Festival, the oldest and largest exhibition of Kurdish cinema.