Natalie Shirinian is an award winning director and the founder of the Los Angeles based production company NES FILMS.

She has been featured in Vogue, InStyle’s “Badass Women” Issue, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, T magazine, AnOther Magazine, and was Interview Magazine’s “People of Interview.”

Natalie began her career in film as an actress appearing in television, film, and commercials. Her directorial debut began with her documentary film, INTERIOR MOTIVES, which captured the connection between fashion and design through the perspectives of industry leaders like Michele Lamy, Maria Cornejo, Tommy Hilfiger, amongst other influencers and icons. On the festival circuit the film has won, Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Berlin Short Film Festival, and at the 2018 IFS Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2021 INTERIOR MOTIVES was inducted into the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) film collection library, and the film can now be viewed on

HELLO MOTHER (PAREV MAMA), is Natalie’s first narrative film inspired by her own life. It follows a first-generation Armenian American Lesbian 30 year old woman, conflicted by her sexuality and the traditions of her culture and her mother. The film won Best Short Film at the Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition in June of 2021, the Audience Award at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Storytella. HELLO MOTHER was recently selected to participate in NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with presenting partners the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York). They will co-host a virtual edition of the annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema program. 

HELLO MOTHER continues to screen on the 2021 film festival circuit.

Natalie is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, has lectured at FIT and RISD, and much more of her work can be found on FREETHEWORK

She resides between Los Angeles and New York. 


A W A R D S  +  L E C T U R E S

— INTERIOR MOTIVES: Best Short documentary: IFS Los Angeles Film Festival, 2018
— INTERIOR MOTIVES: Best Short documentary: Berlin Short Film Festival, 2019
— INTERIOR MOTIVES: Award of Excellence: Best In Shorts Competition, 2019
— INTERIOR MOTIVES: Inducted into RISD’s film collection library collection, 2021
— HELLO MOTHER: Best Short Film: Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition, 2021
— HELLO MOTHER: Audience Award: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, 2021
— HELLO MOTHER: Best Short Film: DocLA/Los Angeles Film Festival Storytella, 2021

— Interiors Academy, 2021