Apo W. Bazidi is an ambitious writer and director who was born in Eastern Turkey in 1984 to Kurdish parents. He was always interested in storytelling and writing since he was a child. Apo was later inspired and encouraged by his mentor, Angelo Ciaffi, to pursue his passion for a career in film. He began studying film at City College of San Francisco in 2006 and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California in 2011. Apo’s films are primarily concerned with social issues and the importance of global cultural interactions. He believes in making a positive change and his motto is “be creative and inspire”.
Apo’s short film, Homeland, which was a film about the invasions of Kurdistan, won the “Best Short Film” award at the 2010 Kurdish-American Film Festival in Dallas. Apo has also produced and directed many other award-winning films focusing on social issues, including: Cab 57 (2011), Evasion (2012) and TSI:Hollywood (2013).
Aside from his personal films, Apo has also worked on a variety of narrative films, commercials, documentaries and music videos inside and outside of Hollywood.