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

Winners of the 2014 ‘Sepanta Awards’

Best Film: Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Actor: Faramarz Gharibian for The Sinners
Best Actress: Tannaz Tabatabayi for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Screenplay: Pouran Derakhshandeh & Mitra Bahrami for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Cinematography: Salem Salavati for The Last Winter
Best Documentary: Trucker and the Fox, directed by Arash Lahooti
Best Short Film: Red Dream, directed by Shahriar Pourseyedian
Best Director for a Short Film: Ali Reza Salmanpour for Wound
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Nikan Nezami for A Little Farther
Best Short Documentary: Homeless to Homeowner directed by Jahangir Golestan
Best Actor in a Short Film: Korkmaz Arslan in Bahar in Wonderland
Best Actress in a Short Film: Anahita Afshar in Honeymoon
Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Ali Sadeghpoor Moghadas for Haleema
Best Animation: Simorgh, directed by Meghdad Asadi Lari

A Tribute to Pouran Derakhshandeh

Our tribute this year is to a veteran female director of such films as: Endless Dreams, Eternal Children…and her latest film Hush!…Girls Don’t Scream. Ms. Derakhshandeh will be present for her tribute, scheduled on Saturday, September 27 at 7:45 pm.

Oliver Stone & Iran

There have been many films and books on how CIA changed the course of history in Iran in 1953 by a coup which brought down the popular government of Dr. Mohammad Mosadegh, but none is as close to Mr. Stone’s investigation on a new documentary titled “Untold History of the United States” which details how and who masterminded the first CIA operation in American history. This exclusive screening is scheduled on Sunday, September 28 at 3:15 pm.

The Travels of Omidvar Brothers

any may remember the first Iranian world explorers in modern history were two brothers by the names of Issa and Abdullah Omidvar who traveled the world on their motorcycles from 1954 to 1964. This is the first glance at how they saw the world and what they brought with them for the generations to come. We thank Mr. Issa Omidvar for sharing their experiences with our audience. Their film, an exclusive screening, is scheduled on Sunday, September 28 at 1:15 pm. It should not be missed.

Sepanta Award

To pay 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 last year. This would be the second time this award will be given to the participating filmmakers.

Kurdish Films

wo years ago, for the first time, we presented a special program on Kurdish Cinema, which was well received. This year, again, we present several outstanding films made by the Kurdish filmmakers including: The Last Winter [Saturday, September 27 at 5:15 pm], Road to Kurdistan [Saturday, September 27 at 11 am], Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise [Saturday, September 27 at 5:30], and Real Madrid Tanker [Sunday, September 28 at 1:15 pm].

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