Elmar Imanov

Born in 1985 | Baku, Azerbaijan


2012: Directing, Film making, International Film School Cologne

Elmar Imanov is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor from Azerbaijan. Imanov has lived in Cologne since 1998. After several internships in feature films in Germany and Azerbaijan, he studied film directing at the International Film School in Cologne. His graduation film "The Swing of the Coffin Maker" (2012) was shown at more than 120 film festivals and won 41 awards worldwide, e.g. at the Student Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. His next short film Torn (2014) had its world premiere in Cannes.

Both films were produced by Eva Blondiau, with whom he founded the Color of May film production company. His feature film debut End of Season (2019) had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film.


Writer of “End of Season”, 2019
1 hour 32 minutes

Writer of “Otar’s Death”, 2021
1 hour 47 minutes

Director of “The Swing of the Coffin Maker”, 2012
29 minutes

Director of “Torn”, 2014
22 minutes