Call For Film Submissions Open For the 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. To submit your film,please click here.
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2021
San Francisco: The 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, is inviting filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to the next edition taking place in September 2021.
The films should be related to Iran and Iranians by any filmmaker, or by any Iranian filmmaker about any subject.
There is NO entry fee to submit films or restrictions on the topic. The festival is open to all genres.
To submit your film, please click here, or send a DVD or a secure link, and a press kit [synopsis, your bio, and photo, some stills from your film] and the following information:
Year of Production:
Cast [if any]:
Has your film been shown before, where?
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Winners of the 2020 ‘Sepanta Awards’
Best Film:Labyrinth Best Director: Amir Hossein Torabi for Labyrinth Best Actor:Shahab Hosseini for Labyrinth Best Actress: Mina Vahid for One Night in Tehran Best Screenplay: Tala Motazedi for Labyrinth Best Cinematography: Farshad Mohammadi for We Are All Together Best Documentary: The Bridge of Victory by Yaser Talebi Best Children’s Film: Ocean Behind the Window by Babak Nabizadeh Best Short Film: Mandatory by Javad Khorsha Best Director for a Short Film: Javad Khorsha for Mandatory Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Panah Khodayari for Pendulum Best Short Documentary: Gelak by Siroos Kaffash Best Actor in a Short Film: Reza Mirhashemi for The List Best Actress in a Short Film: Sadaf Asgari for Exam Best Cinematography for a Short Film: Parviz Rostami for Fifth Narcissus Best Children’s Short Film: The Feast of the Goat by Saeed Zamanian Best Music Video: Kiss by Payam Ghorbani Best Animation Film: Noise by Mahdi Barqzadegan Best Experimental Film: The Sixth Unit by Ali Afshari
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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.