Instructor: ALI AKBARI


Ali Akbari is a filmmaker and educator from Iran. He received his dual degrees in Cinema Studies (B.A.) and Radio-TV Production (B.A.) from the University of Central Florida, where he made several experimental films along with producing content in both single-cam and multi-cam-studio environment, including United Colors of Orlando (2018), a short documentary about the Orlando community coming together through art following the 2016 Pulse tragedy, which went on to win the Grand Prize from 2018 Tribeca Campus Docs. He got his M.F.A. degree in Film and Media Arts from the University of Utah, during which he received the University Teaching Assistantship (UTA) award to create and teach the Experimental Media Production course in spring 2020. His current works explore reconciliation between his Iranian upbringing and queer identity.

"[Ali] was awesome, taught very well, covered excellent basics."-Nicholas K.

"Ali Akabari was passionate about video editing and he showed it by being generous with his time to make sure students understood the capabilities of Premiere Pro before moving on to other features. He gave one on one help with our projects. He made it less intimidating to work with such a sophisticated program."-Susan S.

ALI AKBARI is currently teaching:

Class Title Semester Date(s) Program
Video Editing: An Introduction Summer 6/03/24 - 7/01/24 Lifelong Learning
Discovering Digital Photography (Age 11-13) Summer 7/29/24 - 8/02/24 Youth Education

ALI AKBARI has previously taught:

  • Iran Through the Lens of Cinema
  • Phone Photography (Age 12-14)