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ASHKAN RAHGOZAR
Writer & Director
Ashkan Rahgozar, born 1986 in Tehran is the founder and Chief Executive of Hoorakhsh Studios.
To follow his dream of making animation he began his professional career in SABA Animation Center where he honed his animation skills and in 2005 he established his own animation production studio; Hoorakhsh Studios.
He, along with more than one hundred talented young Iranian artists, produced multiple 2D computer generated animation for promotional and commercial purposes. They have written, directed and produced short films, TV series, video games and music videos making Hoorakhsh Studios one of the most prolific animation houses in Iran. Ashkan has received several directing awards and prizes for his music videos and short animated films. The Last Fiction is his and the studio’s most ambitious project to date and fulfills Ashkan’s dream of creating a feature length animated film for a commercial audience.
It has taken Ashkan and his team seven years to fulfill his vision of making the greatest animated film in Iran that is entertaining and shares the culture, storytelling tradition and history of Iran with the world. With no government support or financial help, it is the first time in the history of Iran that such a high quality of animation is being produced for the world. The project has already been recognized for its artistry and international potential by highly acclaimed festivals such as Annecy International Animation Festival and Cannes Marche du Film where it has won prizes for the work in progress.
He holds a BA of Graphic Design and MA in Illustration, and is one of the youngest writer, director, producers of animated movies in Iran.
  • 2009 Received an Honorary Diploma for the best digital illustration from the 3rd Visual Media Institute Festival in technology and innovation section
  • 2009 Candidate for the best short animation at 26th Tehran International Short Film Festival
  • 2010 Received Honorary Diploma for short animation “You…!” from the 7th Tehran International Animation Festival
  • 2010 Received Silver Statuette for experimental works from the 7th Tehran International Animation Festival for producing different experimental work
  • 2010 Received ASIFA Special Award from the 7th Tehran International Animation Festival for producing different experimental work
  • 2010 Candidate for the best short animation from the 7th Tehran International Animation Festival for Ghajari Cat
  • 2011 Achieved the best children computer game from the 5th Digital Media Festival of RSK Entertainment for the game of Alimardan Mischiefs from
  • 2011 Achieved 3rd place for Graphic and Concept Design from the 5th Digital Media Festival of RSK Entertainment for the game of Alimardan Mischiefs
  • 2012 Received 2nd best award from the 2nd Tehran Digital Game for Art director
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