Born in Tehran in 1988, after studying Fine Arts in Iran where he actively collaborated on several cartoon magazines and series, Reza Riahi left his country for France where he perfected his skills at EESI in Angoulême completing his training at the Ecole de la Poudrière in Bourg-Les-Valences.
He is the author and director of several award-winning animated shorts: including his graduation film ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP (Between a Dog and a Wolve) which received a warm welcome in France and internationally. Broadcast on ARTE in 2014, the short film was selected in many festivals in Annecy, Paris, Brussels, Morocco, Hungary... Reza was the artistic director on Nora Twomey’s film THE BREADWINNER, nominated for countless awards including The Oscars, Golden Globes and Annie Awards in 2018 and winning both the coveted Audience and Jury Prizes in Annecy.
Reza was awarded Best Feature Film Character and Background Design for THE BREADWINNER at the European Animation Awards (Emil Awards) in Lille in 2018.
His latest short film Navozande,The Musician (2020) premiered at TIFF 2020 in Toronto launching the films' festival career. Since then the film has been selected in festivals around the world including SXSW, Anima, IFTS ( Stuttgart ), Aspen Shortfest, PalmSprings ( Special mention of the Jury ) and Sonoma to name few and it won the best animation short at Tribeca film festival .ARTE, a co producer, recently broadcast the film. Navozande, The Musician continues his journey around the world!
Persian music and poetry are a great source of inspiration for Reza’s unique universe mixing humor and melancholy. The subject of injustice runs deep throughout his work.
Parallel to his activity in animation, Reza Riahi collaborates on various painting and illustration projects.