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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 FilmShortage.com.

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, and the Audience Award at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. The short film 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. 


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FEATURED WORK +AWARDS

INTERIOR MOTIVES
— 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
— Inducted into RISD’s film collection library collection, 2021

HELLO MOTHER (Parev Mama) 
— Best Short Film: Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition, 2021
— Audience Award: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, 2021

MOST PEOPLE EXIST
— Featured on Canal 180, 2021

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

CAMPAIGNS OF NOTE
— 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

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


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