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Ehsan Gharib
2017 | 4 min 07 s
Animation Technique: Mixed Media Under Camera Animation

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionFestival du nouveau cinéma 2017

  • Winner: Golden Dove - International Competition Short Documentary and Animated FilmDOK Leipzig 2017

  • Official Selection - ExperimentalYorkton Film Festival 2018

  • Competition - GalleryAnima Mundi International Animation Festival 2018

  • Official Selection - Canadian PanoramaOttawa International Animation Festival 2018


Short Synopsis


In conversation with director Ehsan Gharib

Promotional Materials



Ehsan Gharib
Photo : Ehsan Gharib

Ehsan Gharib

Born in Arak, Iran, in 1983, Ehsan Gharib is a designer and photographer who studied at the Soroush film school in Tehran and at Concordia University in Montreal. He describes himself as a cineaste because his work combines photography, animation and filmmaking. Gharib has worked as a 3D artist, character animator, compositor and motion graphics artist on several award-winning animated shorts, including Oscar, directed by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre. Deyzangeroo is his first professional film and was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a Producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s English Program Animation Studio. She was recruited by the NFB in 2006 as the first Associate Producer of Hothouse, the celebrated apprenticeship program for emerging animation filmmakers which has spawned such gems as Sweet Talk(by Esteban Azuela), Git Gob (by Philip Eddolls) and Orange(by Sylvie Trouvé). Maral has nurtured artists in the Making Music emerging filmmaker program that createdThe Mixy Tapes (by David Seitz and Mike Wray) which toured as part of Best of Ottawa 2008.

Maral’s recent projects include The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita, an innovative animation/live action hybrid which won Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at the NYC Shorts Festival. Maral’s latest project is BAM, a short animation directed by Howie Shia which follows a young boxer as he struggles to understand the violent rage within himself.

Prior to joining the NFB, Maral was the Workshop Programmer and Director of the Television Animation Conference at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. She studied Cinema at Carleton University.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.


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A Film By
Ehsan Gharib

Music and voice
Habib Meftah Boushehri

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Lise Wedlock
Thomas Garant (Assistant)

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Serge Boivin

Online Editing
Denis Pilon

Mélanie Bouchard

Technical Coordination
Candice Desormeaux

Technical Direction
Eloi Champagne

Technical Animation Coordination
Randall Finnerty

Victoire-Émilie Bessette
Rosalina Di Sario
Dominique Forget
Stéphanie Lalonde

Geneviève Bérard

Maral Mohammadian

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima



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