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Coming: 11th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco: September 22-23, 2018

Call For Entries Open for the 11th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. To submit your film, please click here.

Winners of the 2016 ‘Sepanta Awards’

Best Film: A Very Ordinary Citizen
Best Director: Majid Barzegar for A Very Ordinary Citizen
Best Actor: Souren Mnatsakanian for A Very Ordinary Citizen
Best Actress: Samira Hassanpour for Raspberry
Best Screenplay: Saman Salour for Raspberry
Best Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine for Finding Altamira
Best Documentary: Atlan, directed by Moeen Karimoddini
Best Short Film: BAHER, Her Mind
Best Director for a Short Film: Hassan Akhondpour for BAHER, Her Mind
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Jalal Saedpanah for Ice Water
Best Short Documentary: With These Hands, by Reza Haeri
Best Actor in a Short Film: Nima Rad for Flesym
Best Actress in a Short Film: Mahya Dehghan for BAHER, Her Mind
Best Cinematography for a Short Film: The White Lake, by Peyman Abaszade
Best Music Video: Shahrzad, by Alireza Rabie Moghadam
Best Animation: Amoo Nowruz, by Farkhondeh Torabi

Winners of the 2017 ‘Sepanta Awards’

Best Film: Malaria
Best Director: Parviz Shahbazi, for: Malaria
Best Actor: Ali Mosaffa, for: Duet
Best Actress: Mitra Hajar, for: Wishbone
Best Screenplay: Parviz Shahbazi, for: Malaria
Best Cinematography: Roberto Cimatti, for: Mountain
Best Documentary: Iran’s Arrow, by: Shahin Armin & Sohrab Daryabandari
Best Short Film: Tanavob (Periodicity)
Best Director for a Short Film: Ali Khoshdouni, for: Tanavob (Periodicity)
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Kaveh Mazaheri, for: Retouch
Best Short Documentary: We Skate in Iran, by: Benjamin Aryani
Best Actor in a Short Film: Homayoun Ershadi, for: Blue Lantern
Best Actress in a Short Film: Katrin Aslani, for: Red Peace
Best Cinematography for a Short Film: Sarkew Mesgari, for: White House
Best Music Video: Where is Picasso, by: Massod Vadiee
Best Animation: The Switchman, by: Mehdi Khorramain
Best Experimental Film: The Big Nothing, by: Kaveh Kazemzadeh

Amir Naderi’s ‘Mountain’ to premiere at IFF

Amir Naderi’s latest film which he made in Italy, will have its U.S. premier at the Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. Hollywood Reporter, about the film, said: “Timeless beauty of Italian paintings.” Variety called it: “Extraordinary.” Amier Naderi said: “I have always put my characters in difficult situations, but this is actually the most difficult situation ever! The main character’s previous generations have never sought to reverse the situation of living in the shadow of the mountain.” We are proud to show his latest master piece in line with his unforgettable body of work: Runner, Goodbye Friend, Tangsir….

Documentary & Animation Films

Aside from the fiction, Iranian Film Festival pays special attention to the documentary and animation genres with some of the best young talents Iranian cinema can offer. Films such as: Iran’s Arrow – Story of Paykan, Razor’s Edge, The Switchman, Dash Akol, Hezar Afsan, Mrs. Saïdi, We Skate in Iran…..

Sepanta Award

To pay a homage to the father of sound in Iranian cinema, Abdoulhossein Sepanta [1907-1969], who also made Lor Daughter, Shirin & Farhad…we named our award after his name and presented ‘Septanta Award’ in various categories for the first time in 2013. We will continue this tradition by presenting this award to the participating filmmakers every year.

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