Toronto-based filmmaker Meelad Moaphi is a BFA ('10) and MFA ('19) graduate of York University's Film Production program. Born in Iran, Meelad spent years of his childhood in Japan before finally settling in Canada, having also lived and worked in Spain in between this time. Meelad’s short directing credits include ‘Arrhythmia’ (2009), ‘Republic of God’ (2010), ‘Every Monday’ (2014), A Scene (2018), and Worth (2019), which have screened at and been awarded by festivals internationally, such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Filmets Badalona, International Izmir Short Film Festival, Air Canada’s EnRoute, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. He also teaches filmmaking and screenwriting at university level. ‘Five Minutes’ is Meelad’s latest short film.