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Iram Ghufran is an independent filmmaker and artist based in New Delhi. Her practice spans moving image, sound and text where she deploys speculative modes in narrative creation in order to critically engage with the nature of truth and the construction of reality.

Iram holds an MA in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University (2003), and a PhD from the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts (CREAM), University of Westminster (2023). Her doctoral project was a practice-based inquiry into speculative modes of futurity in documentary film. Iram was a member of the Media Lab at Sarai CSDS from 2004-11, where besides pursuing her independent practice, she collaboratively worked on media art and research projects.  Iram co-curated Soundphiles: a festival of listening (2014-16) and Artists' Film & Video (2017) for IAWRT's International Women's Film Festival

Iram's work has been supported by Arts Network Asia, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Sandarbh and Westheavens. Her films have been screened at renowned art and cinematic platforms including Arsenal 4 at Silent Green, Brakhage Centre, Cinema Akil, Experimenta India, Forum Expanded at Berlin Film Festival, International Film Festival of India, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, and Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition among others.

Iram teaches at the Department of Art, Media and Performance, School of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, Delhi National Capital Region.

Awards | Fellowships | Residencies

2018 Jakarta International Gold Award Winner, Jakarta International Film and Art Festival 
2016 Short-listed for the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award 
2016 Special Jury Mention, SAARC Film Festival, Colombo
2012 Mary Kay First Prize, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (SIWFF) Korea
2012 Best Editing, National Film Awards, India
2012 Best Direction, National Film Awards, India 
2011 Best Short Documentary, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum 


2017-21 CREAM Research Studentship, University of Westminster, 
2014-15 Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship, International Association of Women in Film and Television, 
2013-14 PSBT Film Fellowship, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Delhi
2010-11 PSBT Film Fellowship, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Delhi
2003-04 Sarai Independent Research Fellowship (co researcher), Sarai- Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi 

2022 Spring Residency, Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai

2019 West Heavens film residency, Moonchu Foundation, Yiwu

2015 Artist in Residence, Frise Kunstlerhuas, Hamburg

2015 West Heavens film research residency, Yiwu

2012 Artist in Residence, Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council, Basel 

2012 Artist in Residence, Sandarbh International Artists Workshop, Jaipur 


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