Natalie Shirinian is an award winning director, writer, actress, 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 the 2018 IFS Los Angeles Film Festival. Received the Award of Excellence from the Best In Shorts Competition, and was accepted into the Oscar qualifying FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival, amongst many others. In 2021 INTERIOR MOTIVES was inducted into the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) film collection library. 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 a the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and was  selected to screen at INSIDE OUT, Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ Canadian screen award qualifying film festival sponsored by Netflix. The short film 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. 



— Best Short Documentary: IFS Los Angeles Film Festival, 2018
— Best Short Documentary: Berlin Short Film Festival, 2019
— Award of Excellence: Best In Shorts Competition, 2019
— Official Selection: Academy Award qualifying FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2019
— Featured Double Screening at Frieze Art Los Angeles, 2020
— Official Selection: Architecture Art + Design Film Festival, 2021
— Official Selection: BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, 2021
— Inducted into RISD’s film collection library collection, 2021

PAREV MAMA (Hello Mother)
— Official Selection: Vancouver Queer Film Festival, 2021
— Official Selection: Inside Out Film Festival, 2021
— Best Short Film: Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition, 2021
— Official Selection: Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival, 2021
— Audience Award: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, 2021
— Official Selection: Film Out San Diego, 2021

— Featured on Canal 180, 2021

— Featured on Dance Magazine, 2021
— Short Film of the Day on Shortage, 2021

— David Yurman LGBTQ+ Couples Campaign, 2016
— Atelier Dore LGBTQ+ Pride Couples Campaign, 2019
— MAUDE LGBTQ+ Couples Campaign, 2020
— INTERVIEW “Person of Interview,” 2016
— Vogue Alejandra Alonso Rojas “The Uplift Collection,” 2021

— Guest Lecturer at FIT for INTERIOR MOTIVES, 2020
— Guest Lecturer at RISD for INTERIOR MOTIVES, 2020
— Guest Lecturer on Interiors Academy, 2021