Competition: US & Canada
Ian Olds is a director of both narrative and documentary work. His directing credits include Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (winner of top jury prizes at Tribeca and Madrid, acquired by HBO, released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism), the Iraq war doc Occupation: Dreamland (released theatrically by Rumur Releasing, short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and winner of a 2006 Independent Spirit Award), and the experimental narrative Francophrenia (Abu-Dhabi, Rotterdam, Tribeca, True/False). Olds’ short narrative films have played numerous festivals, including Sundance, Los Angeles, and Clermont-Ferrand. He received a SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant, a Princess Grace Award, a Media Arts Fellowship sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Ian got his start in San Francisco as the editor of Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story, went on to receive his M.F.A. from Columbia University’s Film Division, and was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab in 2011. Olds is also the editor of a feature adaptation of As I Lay Dying directed by James Franco (Cannes 2013).