Born in Shiraz-Iran, and well traveled by way of Pakistan and Australia, Roya has always been passionate and driven. From maintaining exceptional academic grades in school to setting new standards during her corporate career in Information Technology, working diligently to excel is entrenched in her DNA.

Her personal motivation exemplifies the drive she has to be a successful leader. After working for more than a decade as a software engineer, her passion since the age of fifteen to be a filmmaker superseded her desire to maintain a standard way of life. In her effort to live her best life, she left the stability of Corporate America in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream to be a filmmaker. Roya began her film studies at Los Angeles City College, and UCLA, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011.

She has since had a successful transition from the corporate world and made her way in filmmaking. From 2010 to 2013, Roya made short documentaries on subjects of Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Education. In 2011, she formed her film production company, Dream Benders Productions.

Under the banner of Dream Benders, Roya has directed and produced the award winning short film Jacob Stone. This socially conscious short drama has elevated Roya to a remarkable and distinguished woman in film. Jacob Stone has screened in many national and international film festivals, and has received many awards including: Best U.S. Short Film Award from Laughlin International Film Festival-2015, Silver Award from Spotlight Short Film Awards-2015, Best U.S. Short Film Audience Award from Catalina Film Festival-2015, Best Film By Women nominee from Burbank International Film Festival-2015, and Best Drama Award, at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards-2015, with 5 other nominations including the Best Director, and Best Picture.

The injustices that Roya experienced as a teenager living during the Islamic revolution in Iran, and lack of opportunities for women has galvanized her desire to make a difference. Roya is dedicated to changing the paradigm of social injustice that exists in the world. By sharing her stories, Roya hopes to create an experience of admiration, inspiration and happiness that audiences connect with and are inspired to take action in their own lives in honor of others.
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