Irvine, CA

Maryam is a character designer and animator based in Los Angeles area , graduated from faculty of fine arts of Tehran University, with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design in 2013.
She is an MFA candidate of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York.
Prior to moving to Rochester, Maryam worked as a character designer and animator in Pouya Negaar animation studio for 3 years. In Rochester, along with pursuing her degree, she worked as a Graphic Designer / Social Media assistant at RIT Center for Residence Life
She has won numerous awards internationally for a short cut-out style animation called "The Role of Each Fret" which is written, directed, and animated by herself. "Blue" is her second successful project that was produced in 2017 and currently selected for more than 7 festivals internationally so far.

Work experience
Animator & Character Designer at Pouya Negar animation studio
2008 - 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistant at Rochester Institute of Technology
Graphic Designer / Social Media assistant at RIT Center for Residence Life


-Farhang Foundation Film Festival(Los Angles)
1st prize "The Role of Each Fret"

-Highfalls Film Festival(Rochester, Newyork)
Best film of SOFA"The Role of Each Fret"

-Municipality Cartoon Festival(Tehran)
second prize

-Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University Cartoon Contest(Tehran), 2010
Third Prize

-Image of the year Festival(Tehran), 2012
First Prize (in Poster Section)

-Tassvir Film Festival(Tehran), 2013
The Diploma of Honor as a Director of "The Role of Each Fret" short animation.

-The 50th Aftab Young Cinema Regional Festival(Arak), 2014
The BEST SHORT ANIMATION FILM prize for "The Role Of Each Fret"

-The 44th Roshd international Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2014
2nd Prize, for "The Role of Each Fret"

-The Isfahan Hasanat Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2016
2nd Prize, for "The Role of Each Fret"

-Noor Film Festival, Florida, USA, 2017
Best Animation, The role of Each Fret

-RIT(SOFA) Honorable Mention, USA, 2017
, The role of Each Fret

Official Selections

The role of Each Fret
-Golden-Kuker Animation Festival, Bulgaria, 2014.
-Womanimation, Rhode Island, USA, 2014.
-File Anima, Brazil, 2014.
-Imaginaria Animation Festival, Italy, 2014.
-Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, September 2014.
-Belo Horizonte International short film, Brazil, August 2014.
-The Regent Park Film Festival, Canada, November 2014
-Ordibehesht Film Festival, Iran, May 2014.
-Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran, October 2014.
-Parvin Etesami Film Festival, Iran, October 2014.
-Roshd International Film Festival, Iran, 2014.
-Khorsheed Film Festival,Iran, 2014.(Nominated for the best Animation Film)
-6th international student film festival, Iran, 2014.
-Tehran Animation film festival, Iran, 2015
-Athens Anima Fest, Greek, 2015
-55th Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2015
-Iranische Filmtage, Leipzig, Germany, 2015
-Independant Iranian Women Film Festival, Switzerland, 2015
-Farhang Foundation Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2015
-Start Film Festival, Florida, USA, 2015
-International Chicago Children’s Film Festival, USA, 2015
-High Falls Film Festival, USA, 2015 

-Fastforward Film Festival, Rochester, New York, 2017 (Semi Finalist)
-Movie Valley Film festival, , 2017
-Zlin Film Festival, Czech Repulic, 2017
-Fantoche Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, 2017
-Children International Film Festival, North Carolina, 2017
-St. Francis College Woman’s Film Festival, New york, 2017
-Fine cut Film festival, 2017 (Finalist)
-Merging lenz, Canada,  2017 (Finalist) 
-Honorable mention of SOFA, RIT,  2017
-Pachuca Film Festival, Mexico, 2017
-Tintiri Mintiri Film Festival, Mesodenia, 2017
-33 rd international Festival Cartoon Club Imini, 2017 
-OASF Festival, Belarus, 2017 
-AM Egypt Film Festival, 2017
-High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, New York, 2017
-Istanbul International Architecture andUrban Films Festival, 2017
-Black Movie, Geneva International Independent Film Festival, Switzerland, 2017
-MONSTRA  – Lisbon Animated Film Festival, 2017

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