Born in 1972 in Iran, Arash T. Riahi moved to Austria as the child of political refugees in 1982. Studying Film and the Arts at the University of Vienna, he then worked as a freelancer in the youth and art department of Austrian TV. In 1997, he founded the film and media production company Golden Girls Filmproduktion. His body of work as a director & producer, which has won more than 100 international awards, comprises various short and experimental films (Mississippi; That Has Been Bothering Me The Whole Time), commercials, music videos, and documentaries, including The Souvenirs of Mr. X, Exile Family Movie or the cross-media project Everyday Rebellion that he made with his brother Arman. His first fiction film For a Moment Freedom was Austria’s candidate for the Academy Awards in 2010. Since 2010, he also works as a dramatic advisor for the Creative Europe script-development programmes SOURCES 2, Nipkow and Berlinale Talents. He teaches at the Vienna film school and the filmacademy, and has held lectures at the Scottish Documentary Institute, Goethe Institute Dublin, ZKM Karlsruhe, etc. Recent works include the documentary Born in Evin, he co-produced with Tondowski Film and which was awarded the Compass Perspektive award at the Berlinale 2019 as well as Solo a co-production with Artcam & Petit a Petit which premiered at the Cannes Filmfestival 2019.