Born in 1982 in Shiraz, Iran, and currently living in Rochester, NY, award-winning director, animator and Student Academy Awards nominee Meghdad Asadi Lari started his higher education in 2000 by studying Electrical Engineering at Shiraz University and continued to a M.Sc. in Communications Engineering. During his graduate studies, he discovered his passion for graphic design and animation. Not long after completing his technical degrees, Meghdad decided to step into the art field as a creative professional and pursue his true passion of animation and film.

Mehgdad started his MFA degree in Computer Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and directed and produced several animated films, which played at more than 200 events and festivals worldwide and gained several national and international awards. In 2014, he finished his MFA degree with faculty awards for his thesis film, Simorgh. Meghdad’s artistic, creative and technical abilities have been recognized as adept and transformational across the international landscape both by academia and those within the animation industry.

Meghdad is a Visiting Assistant Professor at RIT’s School of Design and is currently involved with directing and producing a variety of animated short films. He is also connected to several educational and animation projects where he offers his technical and artistic skills to studios in the United States and around the globe.

Why do you feel that it is important to bridge science and film?

As an artist and engineer, I believe that the marriage between the two worlds results in a fascinating output. Science and technology help the art to appeal to the eyes, and art helps the mind to enjoy the science.


Rochester, NY, United States

Selected Works