Letter to God

A Film by Maria Ibrahimova


Letter to God is a film about the power of faith – irrespective of belief or religion. A lonely widower discovers that he is dying and after a series of mysterious encounters decides to do the only thing he can think of: write a letter to God.

“A poignant tour of the Azerbaijani capital’s Old City — in 17 minutes”
The Washington Post


  • Picture of Maria Ibrahimova © Maria Ibrahimova

    Maria Ibrahimova

    Award-winning filmmaker Maria Ibrahimova made her debut film, the documentary MISS GULAG, with the support of the Sundance Institute and the Ford Foundation. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and traveled the world to more than 40 international festivals. It was later shown on the BBC, many channels in Europe and the United States, and is available on iTunes.
    Awarded a Fulbright to pursue her documentary work on land-mines in Azerbaijan, Maria completed several documentary and TV projects there including work on episodes of the TV shows “Amazing Race”, “Build It Bigger”, and an array of music and tourism videos.
    Most recently, Maria made her debut narrative short film “Letter to God” which won an Audience Award at the DCShorts film festival in Washington DC.

Awards + Festivals

    12th DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Washington, DC, USA)September 12, 2015
  • 4th DELHI SHORTS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India) November 1, 2015
    4th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA) February 26, 2016
  • 24th INTERNATIONALES FILMFESTIVAL CONTRAVISION (Competition, Berlin, Germany)March 19, 2016
  • MAHARASHTRA INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)March 25, 2016
  • 17th CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, Mississippi)March 30, 2016
  • 39th GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE SELB (Competition, Germany)March 31, 2016
  • 4th CLUJSHORTS – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 4, 2016
    6th NEW VISION INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Program, Kiev, Ukraine)April 15, 2016
  • 11th MYRTLE BEACH INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA)April 20, 2016
  • 5th JULIEN DUBUQUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Iowa, USA)April 21, 2016
  • 17th NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)April 21, 2016
  • 8th LEIDEN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM EXPERIENCE (Official Selection, Leiden, The Netherlands)April 29, 2016
    2nd A LONG WEEK OF SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL SHANGHAI 2016 (Official Selection, China)May 5, 2016
  • 11th MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yacht Club of Monaco Theater, Monaco)May 7, 2016
    1st NEAR NAZARETH FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Afula, Israel)May 18, 2016
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
    9th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Fiction, Porto, Portugal)June 8, 2016
  • 14th ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL (Section Short Film in Competition, Italy)June 25, 2016
  • 5th INIGO FILM FESTIVAL (Non-competitive Section “Spotlight”, Krakow, Poland)July 26, 2016
  • 2nd ESPERANZA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia) August 18, 2016
  • 21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
  • 2nd ANOTHER INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA)September 8, 2016
  • 6th ODERKURZ-FILMSPEKTAKEL (Spektakel Spezial, Oderaue, Germany)September 10, 2016
  • METERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Screening, Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, NY, USA)September 10, 2016
  • 17th ASIATICA FILM MEDIALE, ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)September 23, 2016
  • 4th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL WEST (Official Selection, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA)September 29, 2016
  • CINEMANIA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Screening, Dodge City Dinner Theater, Kansas, USA)October 1, 2016
  • 9th FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2016
  • 2nd AWORD INDIE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)October 11, 2017
  • 23rd INT’L INDEPENDENT FILM FETSIVAL IN THE NAME OF IRENEUSZ RADŹ “PUBLICYSTYKA 2016” (Official Selection, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland)October 21, 2016
  • 3rd PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy)October 28, 2016
  • 14th KALPANIRJHAR INT’L SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Selection, Kolkata, India)November 1, 2016
  • 9th CHARLESTON INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)November 2, 2016
  • 1st AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Münsingen, Germany)November 18, 2016
  • 10th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN ANTEATERS (Official Selection, Lublin, Poland)November 18, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • 5th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 10, 2016
    SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 1st ASWAN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition Section, Egypt)February 20, 2017
  • 12th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Petersburg, FL, USA)April 27, 2017
  • 12th SEEFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)April 27, 2017
  • LJUBLJANA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)May 12, 2017



Director & Screenplay
Maria Ibrahimova
Based on a short story by
Marian Belenkiy
Director of Photography
Yuri Varnovskiy
Emin Ibrahimov
Guseyn Guliev
Sound Design
Azad Veliyev
Nezrin Efendiyeva


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