Art And Culture

Persian Film Festivals from East to West

Persian Film Festivals from East to WestPersian Film Festivals from East to West

Iran cinema has witnessed the emergence of several ambitious filmmakers during the past decade and its productions by both young and experienced directors have had a brilliant performance on the international scene in the recent years, winning several prestigious awards including, The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language, Berlinale Golden and Silver Bear, Venice Golden Lion, Locarno Golden Leopard and Cannes Palme d’Or.

Proud of their globally renowned movies and filmmakers, Iranians across the world have been organizing film festivals to overview Iranian art and culture through movies produced inside the country.

In an attempt to promote and present Iranian art and culture in the international community, AramArt Institute in Dallas, Texas, is presenting the first Sheed Persian Film Festival.

The four-day festival (May 27-30) will showcase valuable Iranian productions of recent years, ISNA reported.

A total of 9 films will be screened including, ‘The Paternal House’ by Kianoosh Ayyari, ‘Wednesday, May 9’ by Vahid Jalilvand, ‘Confessions of My Dangerous Mind’ by Hooman Seyedi, ‘Fish and Cat’ by Shahram Mokri, ‘I’m not Angry’ by Reza Dormishian, ‘Death of the Fish’ by Rouhollah Hejazi, ‘Nahid’ by Ida Panahandeh, ‘With Others’ by Nasser Zamiri and ‘I Want to Be a King’ by Mehdi Ganji.

The films have already attended international festivals and won awards as well.

‘Sheed’ is an old Persian word meaning a light from above; an illumination coming from the sky, and the event aims to show the shining art of all Persian filmmakers to the western audience.

 Films in Australia

The 5th Persian International Film Festival, slated for September 1-4 in Sydney, Australia, will present some of the best films by Persian-speaking movie directors around the globe.

Inaugurated in 2012 the festival has been showcasing films from directors coming from Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and other Persian filmmakers to the Australian audiences, IRNA reported.

This year, the festival jury will select the Best Feature and Best Short film and audiences will vote for their Choice Award.

Besides film screenings, the event will also hold Q&A sessions and master classes for audiences.

A cultural event that brings together screen stories of diverse Persian communities globally, it celebrates their similarities, diversities and complexities through films for both Persian and Australian audiences.

The Iranian-Australian filmmaker Amin Palangi, who received two awards for his ‘Love Marriage in Kabul’ at the 34th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) in Iran in April, is the director of the Australian festival.