Biography: Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zelalem Woldemariam started his career as a Marketing Professional gathering over 10 years experience in different organizations. In 2006 he wrote, directed and produced a full-length feature film entitled The 11th Hour. In Ethiopia, the film stood out from other Ethiopian films for its high production value. The film also obtained critical acclaim for its compelling story from international audiences as well as film festivals it participated in.
In 2010, Zelalem directed and produced a 14-minute short film entitled Lezare (For Today) which is about the efforts of a community to take action that will have a lasting impact on global warming, but their actions are thwarted by an individual’s instinct for survival. Lezare won several outstanding awards and honors.