Kamil oglu Najafzada was
born on November 13, 1960 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
He started drawing, writing and shooting
films (8 mm films) almost at the same
time, because his father - a painter and
an art director, professor, National Artist
of Azerbaijan, the laureate of the State
prizes had a big influence on his son.
Since 1978 after graduating from the Azerbaijan
State Art School, he enters the All Union
State Institute of Cinema in Moscow city,
majoring in art director.
getting educated in the shop of the National
Artist of USSR, professor Mikhael Bogdanov
(art director of movies War and
Peace, Communist), he
also attends the film directing classes
and actor classes of the National Actors
of the USSR conducted by Sergey Gerasimov
and Yevgeniy Matveyev.
As a student, Shamil Najafzada participated
in state and all union exhibitions of
art. In 1984 after graduating from his
university with honors, he gets a job
in the Azerbaijanfilm film
studio. He has participated in the creation
of 7 movies as an art-director.
Starting from 1990 he starts to work as
a film-director of feature, documentary
and animated films, mainly by his own
script. He prefers plastic
cinema when shooting an authors
He has Certificate of recognition of the
Imaginary Film Academy (1999, Croatia).
He was awarded by Prize for the "Best
visual-plastic decision" of the 5-th International
Film Festival of Independent Movie (2002,
St. Petersburg, Russia, for the film "Leyli
Special Prize for the "Best documentary
- for an individual approach to disability
problem" of the 2 European Film Festival
Integration "You and Me" (June 15-19,
2004, Kolobrzeg, Poland, for the film
Prize for the "Best debut" of the "KROK"
animated film festival (ASIFA, 1991, Ukraine,
for the film "Dedication")
Prize for the "Best documentary" of the
Film Festival "Spring of Firuza" (1993,
Turkmenistan, for the film "Black and
Prize for the "Best animated film" of
the Film Festival "A View from the East"
(1992, Azerbaijan, for the film "Dedication")
The Professional Prize of the Filmmakers'
Union of Azerbaijan (1996, for the film
His films have taken part in the international
film festivals in Germany, France, USA,
Finland, Holland, Latvia, Russia, Turkey,
Romania, and Ukraine.
In his art he grasps different genres,
but he prefers portraits that are psychological,
that express the inner world of the person
in the portrait.
paintings were exhibited in Germany, France,
Turkey, and Russia.
In 1995-1998 as a producer of the Creative
Union "Sabakh" of the Azerbaijan State
Tele-Radio broadcasting company he was
the head of the debut projects creation.
1999 as a General Producer he participated
in the creation of an independent television
2000 he works as the General Producer
of the independent television company
ANS and instructs the creation of the
new television projects.
In 2004 as a General Director of the "Simurg"
independent film studio.
From 1998 he teaches in the State Art
University. He is the Secretary of the
Filmmakers' Union of Azerbaijan; the member
of the Artist Union; the member of the
Film Directors Guild of Azerbaijan.
As a film director
animated film- Dedication
1991- documentary Black and White
1993- documentary Touch
1994- documentary Then tomorrow
1995- A photoplay movie The King
1996- A feature film-opera Leyli
1998- A short fiction film Hotdog
1999- documentary A man from a white
2000- documentary Not children stories
2002- documentary Pilgrim
2003- documentary Short monologues
2003- documentary The poet of heavens
an art director
- A Jinnee in the micro region
1986 - Exam
1986 - New Year story
1987- The Aphrodites hands
1988 - Diversion
1990 - Dedication
1994 - Yarasa
1996 - Leyli and Mejnun
1998 - Family