Kayvan Mashayekh

Kayvan Mashayekh

Kayvan Mashayekh – Founder, Producer Without Borders

Attorney turned filmmaker, Kayvan Mashayekh, began his career by writing, producing and directing an epic, independent feature film called, “The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam,” which Premiered at the Moscow Film Festival in 2005 and had a successful theatrical run in the US for 53 weeks in 14 separate cities. 

Mashayekh was the winner of the Relativity Media Special Prize of $25,000 at the 2007 Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi for his script “Batting for Palestine. 

One of the judges, Branko Lustig (legendary Oscar Winning Producer of “Gladiator” and “Schindler’s List), noticed him and subsequently took him in under his wing as an apprentice producer developing his slate of international, studio grade projects. 

He is the Founder of “Producers Without Borders” a curated series of film entertainment seminars and webinars since 2016 at World Class Film Festivals and markets (such as Focus London, BFI London, Cannes, Berlinale, FilmBazaar in India, State Film Agency of Ukraine and AFM), Amman International Film Festival (as a Juror and speaker), Elgouna International Film Festival (as a Juror), and Cairo International Film Festival. www.producerswithoutborders.com. Prior to that, he became a member of the Producers Guild of America in 2008 and was chosen as its Middle East Representative in the International Committee, working closely to develop an outreach program with the PGA’s first ever Middle East Affiliate, The Royal Film Commission of Jordan. By creating workshops, seminars and events with RFC, the relationship has helped launch the careers of many talented producers in the region who have benefited from the bridge building nature and educational importance of cross border producing by PGA mentor members for over a decade. In June 2018, Mashayekh was elected as Co-Chairman of the International Committee for the PGA. In that capacity, he has been proactive in globally branding the World’s largest trade organization of Film, TV, and Multi-Media producers with a membership of over He has increased the membership of the specific committee of 175 members he Chairs by over 100% since taking over from his predecessors, proving that when people feel empowered and motivated by action and results, they will be engaged to participate and add value to the group. 

Mashayekh is also the Head of International for SIE Society, the leading alliance in Social Impact Entertainment whose mission is to connect, equip and amplify SIE organizations, creative and impact producers, CSR and SBCC practitioners. www.siesociety.org 

Sessions with Kayvan Mashayekh

Nobody Knows Anything… Still

Dec 07 2021
10:00 - 11:00