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8th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco: September 26-27, 2015

Welcome to the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. This year, once again, IFF will present the best Iranian films made by or about Iranians from around the world by discovering the new talents while we honor the works of the veteran filmmakers. Aside from Iran, these are the countries that are participating with their latest films this year: USA, United Kingdom, Mexico, Georgia, France, Syria, Germany, Canada, Italy. There is still time to sponsor or advertise with our festival. The tickets and passes are on sale now. To order your tickets, please click here.



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.



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….


Support Us!

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.


New Website!

Our new website, which you are visiting right now, was created by Ali Tassavor of Nika Labs and his talented team. We encourage you to use their expertise for your marketing and web designs. They are based locally but can be reached from anywhere they are needed.
We also use another Iranian company, Kooche Cinema, for our film restorations, whenever we discover a lost film, for their talent and expertise. They can be helpful in your post production needs as well.


Join Us!

We know there are many talented Iranian artists out there, aside from those in film that can share their talent with us in visual art. If you are a photographer, graphic artist, musician…join the festival and participate in whatever capacity the festival can offer you. Drop us a note and be a part of our festival.



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