Mohsen Gharaei is a writer and director born in Iran in 1984. He is a graduate of Mining Engineering. In 2006, he started his film career as an assistant director, working with prestigious Iranian filmmakers such as Bahram Bayzaei, Reza Mirkarimi, Majid Majidi and Mohsen Abdolvahab. Next to directing, he has worked on casting, editing and line production for various film projects. Gharaei co-directed his first feature film Don’t Be Tired! (2013). Gharaei’s next film, Blockage (2017) won the award for Best Film in the New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival. In 2019 he co-wrote Castle of Dreams with Mohammad Davoudi. They won Best Screenplay at the Fajr Film Festival and received his first APSA nomination.