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Coming 9th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco: September 24-25, 2016

Call for entries open for the 9th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. To submit your film, please visit Submit Film, or click here.

Winners of the 2015 ‘Sepanta Awards’

  • Best Film: Taboo
  • Best Director: Abolhassan Davoodi for Crazy Castle
  • Best Actor: Parviz Parastui for Today
  • Best Actress: Elnaz Shakerdoost for Taboo
  • Best Screenplay: Khosro Masoumi for Taboo
  • Best Cinematography: Nader Masoumi for Taboo
  • Best Documentary: I Want to Be a King, directed by Mehdi Ganji
  • Best Short Film: The Salt Man, directed by Sajad Moosavi
  • Best Director for a Short Film: Hoseyn Aslabdollahi for The Wall
  • Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Kamiar Faroughi & Ali Zarnegar for Transcription
  • Best Short Documentary: My Enemy, My Brother, directed by Ann Shin
  • Best Actor in a Short Film: Julian Glover for Mr. Invisible
  • Best Actress in a Short Film: Hoda Nourizadeh for The Other One
  • Best Cinematography for a Short Film: Vahid Biouteh for The Salt Man
  • Best Music Video: Yar, directed by Amir Soleimani
  • Best Animation: One of Thousands, directed by Baran Mohamad Reihani

A Tribute to Gohar Kheirandish

Our tribute this year is to legendary stage and screen actress, Gohar Kheirandish [Banoo, The Fifth Reaction, Shirin, Tradition of Lover Killing, Maxx], who has been active in cinema and theater for more than two decades. Mrs. Kheirandish will be present for her tribute, scheduled on Saturday, September 26 at 7:45 pm.

Abolhassan Davoodi & Crazy Castle

Abolhassan Davoodi, director, producer and scriptwriter [The Book of Love, Baran, Bread Love & Motorcycle], will be present for his latest film, Crasy Castle, with Tannaz Tabatabaei, Saber Abar, Amir Jadidi, Gohar Kheirandish, about a group of young people who are members of an online community, and meet at an event in a cafe in Tehran. One girl’s urgent need for drugs brings six of them together. What starts as a prank continues to unfold into a complicated situation. The show time is Sunday, September 27 at 5:15 pm.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf & The President

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a major figure in Iranian cinema, has made more than 20 feature films, won some 50 awards and been a jury in more than 15 major film festivals. Time magazine selected Makhmalbaf’s 2001 film Kandahar as one of the top 100 films of all time. His latest film, The President, will be shown on Sunday, September 27 at 7:30 pm.

Bahman Ghobadi & Words with Gods

One of the most talked about films of last year was Words with Gods, directed by some of the most talented filmmakers from around the world, including: Spain’s Álex de la Iglesia, Australia’s Warwick Thornton, Brazil’s Héctor Babenco, India’s Mira Nair, Mexico’s Guillermo Arriaga, Israel’s Amos Gitai, Japan’s Hideo Nakata and Iran’s Bahman Ghobadi. This film is scheduled on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 pm.

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.

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: I Want to Be a King, Transcription, One Thousand and One Teardrops, Beach Flags, Let Our Men Dance, Speck, Out of Focus, Talk Radio Tehran….

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If you like what we do, to continue bringing the best of independent films made by or about Iranians from around the world, support our efforts by sponsoring, advertising, and your contributions. We, Iranians, need to have a strong voice in our host country by unity and representing the best talents any community can offer. This support can be in variety of ways but for sure it benefits the Iranian community.

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