Mahsa Ghorbankarimi
“To me it’s simple, love and freedom”

Mahsa Ghorbankarimi grew up in Tehran, Iran the eldest daughter of animation filmmakers Mahvash Tehrani and Hosseinali Ghorbankarimi. From a young age she was introduced to the art of animation and cinematography in her parent’s production studio and raised with the perspective that art, storytelling and the wisdom of the ages can be found in those who have seen much, done much and who have traveled the world over.

As a young person Mahsa travelled to Asia, Europe and North America. She lived through the Iranian Revolution followed by eight years of war, events that changed the entire fabric of a society and every individual therein. By the time she was a young woman, Mahsa had experienced enough geographic, cultural and socio-political diversity and adversity to make her keenly aware of the nature of things and the nature of mankind. Her parents taught her the language of cinema through the work of renowned filmmakers including Akira Kurosawa, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Bahram Beizai, Sam Peckinpah, Abbas Kiarostami and Dariush Mehrjui.

Mahsa took every opportunity to explore the arts, dance and dramatic theatre. In 1991 she received a full scholarship to Tehran University after placing third in the country’s nation-wide Concourse Entrance Examination. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and immigrated to Canada to pursue a career in film and animation. She received Diplomas in Computer Animation and Technical Direction from Sheridan College, and since then has had a successful career in the Film, Animation and VFX industry.

In 2015, Mahsa expanded her credits by writing, directing and acting in the indie thriller feature Luciferous – a springboard film that led to her being cast in the lead role for the Australian feature Journey.

Over the years Mahsa has worked on many feature films and award- winning television projects in Lead/Supervisory capacities in Art Direction, Lighting, Compositing, Direction and CG Supervision – Projects include Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, Suicide Squad, and Splice.