"As a Director of Photography my main attention is in creating a world which suits to the script.
I'm interested in projects where I can engage myself and absorb the story in order to create the best possible look for the film."

Marie Zahir is an Austrian born and German based Director of Photography. In 2003 she decided to leave Vienna to study at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, Germany. As this program includes the field of performance art, she started to work as lightdesigner for different performance groups in the Off Theatre Scene in Germany and Switzerland, which she still does.

To learn more about the art of cinematography and the different types of camera, Marie Zahir started to work full-time in a camera rental house (Cinegrell) in Zurich in 2010 for one and a half years. In the meanwhile, to get to know daily film set life, she started to work as Clapper Loader and 1 AC and participated at several workshops like: The Handwriting of the Camera held by the Austrian Oscar-Nominie DoP Christian Berger.

In 2013 Marie Zahir decided to study Cinematography in the post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne which she finished in february 2017. During these studies Marie Zahir shot nineteen short movies as director of photography, including feature, documentary and experimental films. 

In 2018 she won the award of the national competition for best up-and-coming women DoPs at the IFFF - International Women's Film Festival Dortmund|Köln with her graduation film "Wie ich mich verlor".

Fluent Languages German | English | French | Spanish

International Experience as Cinematographer Austria | France | Netherlands | Switzerland | United Kingdom | U.S.A.  

© Marie Zahir | Germany