Anahita Ghazvinizadeh won $19,500 for her work on the 21-minute movie "Needle," about a sixth-grade girl torn between her divorcing parents, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.
"Piano" director Jane Campion served as the jury president of the Cinefondation short film competition.
Ghazvinizadeh had previously directed the short film "When the Kid Was a Kid" and co-wrote the feature-length "Mourning."
She studied at the Tehran University of Art before getting her MFA in studio arts at the School of the Art Institute.
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