Babak Andishmand is a Documentary Filmmaker living in New York City. At a young age he left Tehran, Iran with his mother and moved to Amsterdam. He graduated from the Rietveld School of Art & Design in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts and he pursued his Masters Degree in Iranian Studies at Leiden University.
At the Leiden University Library he worked at the Farsi Literature acquisition and documentation department as a cataloger and transcriber of books in Persian (Farsi), Dari, Tajik, Urdu, Kurdish and other Indo-Iranian languages. He was also one of the volunteer team members responsible for translating Facebook's entire interface from English to Farsi.
As the Producer of New York’s annual Take Two Film Festival, a Salon Ciel subsidiary, he helped showcase a feisty new generation of filmmakers and actors exploring frontiers of artistry and technology.
He is also a board member of the selection committee at the Tompkins Square Park Film Festival and serves on the Journal Board of Editors at the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Babak’s Documentary Films explore the lives of offbeat, adventurous characters, many of them artists, in cities around the world. He expertly guides his subjects through situations that reveal their innermost stories. These award-winning and internationally acclaimed films have been lauded in film festival and art shows around the world and featured in the New York Times and other media.
Bobby Andishmand has given film making workshops to children in Brooklyn and he is a volunteer art teacher with Free Arts NYC in Harlem and Downtown Manhattan, providing under served children with a unique combination of educational art and mentoring programs that help them to realize their fullest potential. Babak also serves as a media consultant on the board of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF).