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SHAYDA FROST is an exciting up-and-coming director and creative producer. She is Atlanta-born with roots from Tehran to Tennessee, and her mixed culture has enabled her to make waves with her bold style of filmmaking.

She was hand-selected to be mentored by two powerhouse film directors, Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE) and Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT). Shayda worked alongside Hardwicke over four years, through multiple projects and a range of formats. This year, she shadowed Campbell on his action-thriller film MEMORY, starring Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce and Monica Bellucci.

Recently, Shayda worked as Co-Producer on the series DON'T LOOK DEEPER for Quibi TV/ Roku, starring Don Cheadle and Emily Mortimer, and the Sony Pictures Gina Rodriguez-led feature film, MISS BALA.
She has a breadth of experience in different formats - from independent web series and short film to studio features and primetime network television. She is also adept at working with different budget levels, on projects from $20K to $20M.

One of her strongest attributes is her keen sense of script structure and development experience. She understands the push to make a film possible, to expand a world, and stretch a budget in order to create a compelling narrative. Shayda is a natural problem-solver, motivator, and brainstormer. As an advocate for womxn, she focuses on stories that disrupt mainstream expectations of female characters and long-held presupposed gender roles.

At present, Shayda is directing a new web series, IMPOSTER. She has just wrapped principal photography and is set to commence post-production in December of 2021. Her work has been featured in Salute Your Shorts Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival, Socially Relevant Film Festival, and CNN, amongst others. Additionally, she was selected by Women In Film’s (WIF) Mentorship Program for the 2022 Director’s Circle.  

Shayda holds an M.F.A from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an undergraduate degree from UGA’s Grady School of Communication.

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