Mahsa Razavi is a writer-director and producer from Iran based in Toronto. Mahsa studied Social Sciences and Communications at the University of Tehran before moving to Canada. She earned her MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, and her MFA in Film Production from York University. She is an alumnus of the Sheridan College Advanced Film and Television Program and the Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS).
Mahsa has written and directed several films supported by Canada, Ontario, and Toronto Art Councils and showcased in numerous countries worldwide. Mahsa’s short films A Celebration (2019), Roj Means Sun (2016), and Ahu (2021) have been shown on CBC, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Canada National Screen Institute, the Iranian Short Film Association Awards, Tehran International Short Film Festival, and used in school curricula in Canada and the US.
Mahsa is a TIFF 2022 Talent Accelerator Fellow and is currently working on her first feature film, The River Will Carry Us, which has been selected to be produced under the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program.
Mahsa’s works often focus on the female experience, issues of individual-community, migration narratives, loss, and belonging. She is a recipient of the Canada Art Council Award for Research and Creation (The River Will Carry Us), Canada and the Ontario Art Council Grants for Emerging Artists (Ahu), the Toronto Art Council Media Grant (A Celebration), and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Roj Means Sun). Mahsa is a member of the Canadian Academy of Film and Television and the Women in Film and TV Toronto (WIFT).