Shaina Pakravan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She studied Applied Psychology and Documentary Film at New York University and is currently an MFA candidate at USC School of Cinematic Arts emphasizing in directing and editing. Her first narrative short film, ROKSANA, premiered at the 2015 LA Shorts Fest and has screened at numerous festivals around the world. The film received both the audience and jury awards at the 2015 Short Short Story Film Festival and won Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking – Short Film at the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival. Before embarking on her graduate studies, her award-winning documentary short, HEATING UP (2013) was acquired by Gaia TV for a three-year online distribution worldwide. When not in school, Shaina directs, shoots and edits short promotional video campaigns.