ALI MOSAFFA started filmmaking with a number of short films, Incubus, The Neighbor and the documentary feature, The Deceit of Poesy. He then directed his first feature film in 2005, Portrait of a Lady Far Away, starring Leila Hatami and Homayoun Ershadi. The film was shortlisted for the Sutherland Trophy at The Times BFI London Film Festival and subsequently won the People's Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and was nominated for the Crystal Globe at the 2005 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. His second film, The Last Step, starring Leila Hatami has received acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide following its international premiere at the 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where it won the international critics' FIPRESCI prize for best film and Leila Hatami was awarded with the Crystal Globe for the Best Actress for her leading role.
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