Born in Uzbekistan and raised in Russia, Alia Azamat Ashkenazi is a published Poet turned Award-Winning Filmmaker.
Alia is a recipient of two United Nations Medals for the “Heart to Heart” and “We Live Dreaming of Peace” screenplays. In two consecutive years at the United Nations Arts Festival, Alia won Best Mixed-Arts Project Award for her multimedia play "Michael Jackson: Peacemaking" and Best Film and Best Director for "Sadako."
Since moving to US in 2014, Alia Script Supervised more than seventy narrative and commercial projects and optioned out two feature film screenplays.
Alia co-directed atmosphere scenes for and co-wrote a feature documentary "Misha." The film's director is Good One Inc's Brian Song, cinematographer is House of Cards' and Fargo's Pete Konczal, and it is narrated by Dead To Me's Keong Sim. "Misha" premiered at 2020 Big Apple Film Festival in November 2020. An Official Selection at 2021 Santa Fe Film Festival, "Misha" is also the Opening Night Feature at 2021 Manchester Film Festival.
Alia's narrative directing debut "Esther's Choice" stars Francois Arnaud, Emma Orelove and Mary Leest. The film won the Best Narrative Film and Best Cinematography at Venice Shorts, received an Honorable Mention at Toronto Independent Film Festival, played at Big Apple Film Festival, and was officially selected at the Santa Fe Film Festival and Garden State FF.