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Coming event: 13th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco September 19-20, 2020
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September 19-20, 2020
Welcome to the 13th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. Last year, the festival presented films ranging from fiction, documentary, animation, short, children, music video….to experimental….from Iran, USA, Italy, France, Singapore, Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Austria, Morocco….
Winners of the 2019 ‘Sepanta Awards’
Best Film: Axing Best Director: Behrooz Shoeibi for Axing Best Actor: Amin Hayaee for Axing Best Actress: Sara Bahrami for Axing Best Screenplay: Hossein Torabnezhad & Azita Irani for Axing Best Cinematography: Alireza Zarrindast for White Fish Season Best Documentary: Song of God by Aref Mohammadi Best Short Film: Short Wave Best Director for a Short Film: Mohamad Esmaeeli by Short Wave Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Mosayeb Hanaie for Before Darkness Best Short Documentary: Only Voice Remains by Makez Rikweda Best Actor in a Short Film: Arshia Zeinali for In Perspective Best Actress in a Short Film: Linda Kiani for Driving Lesson Best Cinematography for a Short Film: Behdash Kameh Zari for Drowned Best Children’s Film: Absent by Ali Khamehparast Best Music Video: Badi Baram by Pooya Misaghi Best Animation Film: Once Upon a Time by Mahin Javaherian Best Experimental Film: Let’s Blossom by Delaram Pourabdi
History of animation films in Iran goes back to 1950’s, decades after it was invented. Since then, despite all the obstacles from lack of equipment to lack of knowledge, the animation films still were made by aspiring filmmakers all the way through the present time.
With the latest technology and dedicated filmmakers, the highest number of animation films are being made today in Iran. Iranian Film Festival dedicates its Spotlight on Animation Cinema in Iran, created by a group of talented artists by showing their works in our annual programs.
Aside from the fiction, Iranian Film Festival pays special attention to the documentary genre with some of the best young talents Iranian cinema can offer.
The genre of short films, if we can call it that, is a platform for the filmmakers to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end in a short amount of time. While they can be under time pressure to tell their whole story, but it gives them the time management to work within that time frame.
For that reason, the short films are always the jewel of filmmaking, and we are happy to present a fraction of a large number of short films we received this year.
This year, the Iranian Film Festival received the highest number of music videos showing the music is alive and well in the hearts of Iranian people specially the younger generation.