12th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco
September 28-29, 2019
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September 28-29, 2019
Welcome to the 12th 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 2018 ‘Sepanta Awards’
Best Film: Disappearance directed by Ali Asgari
Best Director: Ali Mohammad Ghasemi for Dogs and Fools
Best Actor: Mehran Ahmadi for Hunting Season
Best Actress: Mahya Dehghani for Hunting Season
Best Screenplay: Payam karami for Searing Summer
Best Cinematography: Ali Mohammad Ghasemi for Dogs and Fools
Best Documentary: Inheritance by Cambiz Amir-Khosravi
Best Short Film: The Sea Wells by Amir Gholami
Best Director for a Short Film: Amir Gholami for The Sea Wells
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Mohamad Reza Tehrani for A Simple Idea
Best Short Documentary: The Iran Deal by Pearl Forss
Best Actor in a Short Film: Reza Amouzad for Turquoise
Best Actress in a Short Film: Marzieh Vafamehr for Gaze
Best Cinematography for a Short Film: The Hunt by Masoud Kazerouni
Best Children’s Film: Are You Volleyball? by Mohammad Bakhshi
Best Music Video: I’m on Fire by Payam Ghorbani
Best Animation: Mr. Deer by Mojtaba Mousavi
Best Experimental Film: Redemption Walk by Mohammad Hassan Zadeh
Shirin Neshat, an internationally major artist working in the media of photography, film and video, was born in Qazvin, Iran. She came to the US as a teenager. She studied painting at the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned an MFA.
After a decade-long hiatus from the art world, she emerged again as photographer and filmmaker and in 1996, Neshat began working with film, eager to create more poetic, open-ended works. She produced a trilogy of split-screen video installations: Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999), Soliloquy (1999), followed by: Fervor (2000), Passage (2001), Tooba (2002), and her first feature film Women Without Men (2009). Her work has appeared in biennial shows in cities around the world, including Sydney, Istanbul, Venice, Johannesburg, and New York.
Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco is delighted to present her latest film Looking for Oum Kulthum on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm.
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: Run Rostam Run, the International, Mr. Deer, Bystander, Alphabet, Saba, Mind.
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.
Films such as: Ranger and Leopard, Conduct, Inheritance, Cypher and Lion (Noghteh Va Shir), The Iran Deal, One Day in Tehran….
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, among them: The Sea Wells, Gaze, The Camel Boy, Karma, Speaker, Hunt, The Blue Sky, A Simple Idea, Exit Toll, Downfall, Too Close, Exist, Bog, Orange Man Dreams, He, Turquoise, The Beekeeper…..
The Shorts Program is scheduled on Saturday, September 22 at 11 am.
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.
Among those chosen are: I’m on Fire, Adineh [Friday], I Am Happy, Vesal [Union], Ashoob [Chaos]…
Iranian Film Festival- San Francisco holds a contest for its annual poster in order to introduce some of the best graphic artists working in the field in Iran.
The winner of this year’s poster contest is Hamed Masudifar which he based his design on the image of the Cyrus the Great, the first person who wrote the declaration of human rights in history.
September 28-29, 2019
Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco
6 Beach Road, 544
Tiburon, CA 94920 USA
Supporting the Iranian Film Culture©