Corona has been released on all major platforms worldwide At a time when the Coronavirus was starting to make headlines, fast thinking Canadian filmmaker Mostafa Keshvari was in an elevator reading the headlines when he conceived, then wrote and shot the first acclaimed feature film to address the Coronavirus pandemic and Xenophobia that comes with it. Entitled Corona, the Coronavirus thriller was shot just before the shutdown. Mostafa wrote the script in two weeks, built the set in ten days then shot the feature in two days as the Covid-19 story was still unfolding. Filming wrapped on February 15, 2020. Corona had its world premiere at the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island international film festival on 4th of August 2020 where Mostafa won the Director’s Choice Award. Corona is being distributed by Level 33 Entertainment and is now available worldwide on all major platforms including Apple Movies, Comcast, Spectrum, GooglePlay, Microsoft, Redbox and more.
Mostafa Keshvari is an award-winning Iranian-born Canadian writer, director and producer based in Vancouver with 4 Leo nominations and 60 International awards on IMDb. His films have been recognized by international media such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The TIMES, BBC World, The Hollywood Reporter, CBC, The Global news and over 100 worldwide media. Mostafa’s films have been selected at Oscar-Qualifying festivals such as Rhodes Island, USA and Yorkton film festival as well as Cannes short film corner ( 3 consecutive years ) .
As a top graduate of Vancouver film school, Mostafa made his first film I Ran (2015) which screened at Cannes film festival short corner. Since then, Mostafa’s has written directed and produced 12 shorts, 2 animation and 2 feature films. His films mainly explore relevant social issues featuring strong female leads and aim to empower the audience. Mostafa’s directorial debut Unmasked, a feature film has already won 28 IMDb awards / 14 nominations and continues to receive notable attention.
Mostafa’s latest feature film,” Corona” was globally recognized as the worlds’ first Corona movie with the theme of Coronavirus and Xenophobia. Corona is available on main VOD and streaming platforms across the US and Canada.
Mostafa is a member of the Directors and Writers Guild of Canada ( DGC|WGC), CMPA, MPPIA and the Federation of Canadian Artists. He is also an advocate of diversity and inclusion as the President of BC Minorities for film and TV Society (BCMFT ) as well as a member of DGC’s BIPOC committee member.
“I want to create colorful stories that not only entertain but empower the audience”. Mostafa Keshvari