Mithra B. Alavi

Named after the Zoroastrian “God of Light,” MITHRA B. ALAVI is an Iranian American comedy writer/director and graduate of the MFA Film program at Florida State University. Raised Muslim in the Evangelical Bible belt of Northeast Tennessee, Mithra credits her mixed cultural background as the source of inspiration for her work. Her most recent short film, “Bird’s Fly Home” has been accepted into the Academy Award Qualifying, LA Short International Film Festival, and won Best Narrative Short at the Indie Spirit Film Festival and Best Drama Short at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Her student film THREE’S A CROWD was a Student Emmy Award winner and convinced her to pursue writing and directing in Los Angeles. Mithra’s original pilot “Rules for Being a Mutt” based on her experience as an Iranian American Muslim teenager after 9/11, helped earn her a spot in Disney General Entertainment’s 2022 Writing Program, which led to her current position as a Staff Writer on Season 2 of Freeform’s “Single Drunk Female.” She’s worked professionally in entertainment for years starting as a mailroom trainee at APA and working her way up to Coordinator of Development and Sales at Myriad Pictures before refocusing on her creative career. She continues to write and develop original features and pilots, while teaching belly-dancing and aerial acrobatics on the side.

Works showcased at MENA:

Birds Fly Home
When a young Arab-American woman returns to the United States after a year of attending college in Amman, Jordan, her American mother is shocked to learn that she has converted to Islam.