Jury Member

An attorney-turned-filmmaker, Kayvan Mashayekh began his career by writing, producing, and directing the epic independent film The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, which premiered at the 2005 Moscow International Film Festival and had a successful 53-week theatrical run in the US in 14 separate cities. Mashayekh became a member of the Producers Guild of America in 2008 in addition to being chosen as its Middle East Representative in the International Committee before becoming its Chair in 2018. Additionally, he’s the founder of Producers Without Borders, a curated network of global producers that has been dedicated to the production craft through giving seminars at world-class film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Amman, BFI London, and Odessa for the past six years.