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Cyrus Saidi

Filmmaker

Director / Producer Cyrus Saidi has always had an insatiable passion for film, music, freedom of expression, and the cross roads at which they all meet. Starting his entrepreneurial career at 18, Cyrus challenged legislation and produced Canada’s first fully legal electronic music event. Over the past decade he has gone on to manage international acts and produce tours in 30 countries.  Inspired by the great masters of cinema, Cyrus found his true passion in film. He spent a decade extensively studying the art of screenplay & directing, optioned his first feature screenplay in 2012, and in 2013, he co-wrote, produced, and directed a short-film titled L1TTL3 BR0TH3R. A political thriller with a sci-fi twist, the film has received international attention and won several awards in festivals, and was featured on CBC, the national TV channel in Canada. It won the FreedomFest Grand Prize in 2013. He is currently set to direct & produce a major feature documentary film on the global electronic music culture, which is set for release in 2016. In addition to speaking at FreedomFest this year, he is an Anthem Film Festival judge.