Mona Shahi: “Less is more”
Mona A. Shahi was born in Iran in 1983. She graduated from Sharif University of Technology with a BS in Physics and earned her MA in Directing Animation from Tehran University of Art. She has been working professionally as scriptwriter, director, and animator. Teaching animation aesthetics, directing, and scriptwriting at various academic levels has also been her passion . Her animations had the chance of being selected or presented in festivals like Atlanta, Hiroshima, Stuttgart, Animamundi, Zinebi and other well-known festivals..
What are the most challenging aspects of being a filmmaker?
What is your source of inspiration for this short film?
What is the theme of this film?
How do you decide on possible ways to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?
How important do you think distribution is in today's marketplace?
In my point of view, short film distribution is highly important in today’s marketplace. We have heard the expression “Less is More” while both words are so hard to gather near each other.
For those considering self-distribution, what is your advice?
How significant do you think short films are for someone venturing into directing films?
What was the worst challenge of your career so far? How did you take it over?
What are the factors to making a good film?
Is there anything you would change if you could go back to the beginning?