The story is about one's courage to follow their dreams

  • Maryam Farahzadi
  • Maryam Farahzadi
  • Maryam Farahzadi
  • Payam Azadi
  • Sara Rezaei
    Background Designer
  • Mehrdad Jelokhani
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Maryam Farahzadi

Maryam is an Animation Filmmaker, graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University, with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design in 2013 based in United States with MFA Degree from Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. She is currently woking as an Animation Director in CreatorUp studio in Los Angeles.
She has won numerous awards internationally for a short animation called "The Role of Each Fret" which is written, directed, and animated by herself.Also Official selection in more than 40 film festivals internationally.

"Blue" is her second successful project that was written, directed, designed, animated and produced by Maryam in 2017 and currently selected for more than 30 festivals internationally so far.

Notable awards
Blue Awards:
-CBCF ALC short film festival holding by CONGRESSMAN HANK JOHNSON, AWARD WINNER, Washington DC, USA, 2018
ACT Human Rights Film Festival, Colorado, USA, 2018Juror’s Second Place winner
Migrarti Film Festival, Italy, 2018
Best Animation
 -International Independent Online Film Festival, 2019
Best Animation
-Fine cut Film festival, 2017 (Finalist)
-Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival (Finalist)
-Movievalley BazzaCinema,2017(Semi Finalist)-Merging lenz, Canada, 2017 (Finalist)
-FINPRET, Paris, France 2018 (Semi Finalist)

The Role of Each Fret awards:
1st Prize of 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival in Los Angeles
2nd Prize winner in the 44th Roshd international Film Festival in Tehran
The Diploma of Honor from Image of the year Film Festival(Tehran), 2013
The BEST SHORT ANIMATION FILM prize from The 50th Aftab Film Festival, 2014
Second prize of Isfahan Hasnatt Film Festival, Isfahan, Iran
Best Animation of international Noor Film festival in Florida, USA 2017

She has been on the jury panel of:
Hollywood short film festival in USA
Khorsheed Film festival in Iran
Fiktiva Film Festival in Germany
and the Crownwood film festival in India

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Director Statement

This is my final work at RIT, my graduate thesis short film, Goldfish.
The premise of Goldfish is based on a Persian poem by Forough Farrokhzad, which is about one’s courage to follow their dreams.
The environments and the costume design is based on my hometown’s culture and scenery.
To keep it authentic yet modern, I used hand drawn character designs and background designs and utilized Adobe After Effects for rigging and animation.