“Yalda” to be screened in France, Germany

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

“Yalda” to be screened in France, Germany

“Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness” directed by Massoud Bakhshi is due to be screened in Germany since April, 2020.

Bakhshi’s third feature film will also be screened in France since May 6, 2020.

The film is the only feature representing Iran in the competition section of Sundance Film Festival which is the most important American festival for independent films. It is due to be held January 23 to February 2.

“Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness” is co-produced by Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Lebanon and Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy and Sadaf Asgari are among the cast.



Iranian "Stop" at BeBop Channel Content Festival in US

Iranian short film "Stop" directed by Mahmood Reza Mafi has been chosen as an official selection of the US BeBop Channel Content Festival due to be held in New York in June.

"Stop" is mainly about patience and how it is missing amongst the new generation and aims to highlight its value in interpersonal relationships, in particular among family members.

Directed by Mahmmodreza Mafi, the Iranian short film will take part at the first edition of the BeBop Channel Content Festival in Harlem, the US.

Ghazal Khalilzade and Mohtaram Zahedi are the leading actress and actor and Mahnaz Tefaghi is the international distributor of the film.

The BeBop Channel Content Festival is a unique festival that rewards its officially selected films and web series with Stock Grants, according to the event’s organizers.

The festival will take place in multiple locations in Harlem over a four-day period from June 4th to 7th, including outdoor events and screenings.



12th Tehran FICTS filmfest. names features in competition lineup

The 12th Tehran International Sport Film Festival, as the exclusive representative of the FICTS Sport Federation, has named features in the competition section.

The feature competition lineup includes 19 titles from Iran and seven other countries.

The Iranian features selected to vie at the festival include ‘Takhti’ by Bahram Tavakoli, ‘Tsunami’ by Milad Sadr Ameli, ‘Cold Sweat’ by Soheil Beiraghi, ‘Knockout’ by Gholamreza Ramezani, ‘Douch’ by Amir Mashhadi Abbas, ‘The Skier’ by Freydoun Najafi, ‘The Red Rectangle’ by Hassan and Hossein Seydkhani, and six other titles.

The international lineup includes ‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ from Sweden, ‘Over the River’ from South Africa, ‘Heroes’ from Spain, ‘Ten Seconds to Victory’ from Brazil, ‘Sudani from Nigeria’ from India, and an Uruguay-Brazil-Argentina co-production, ‘Home Team’.

The complete lineup for the 12th Tehran International FICTS Film Festival includes 116 titles from Iran and 21 other countries.

Iran’s sport films festival, as the exclusive representative of the FICTS Sport Federation, is considered to be the Entry Festival for the Milan world competition. This festival is held to stage a contest between filmmakers and producers, spot the young talents, and to introduce inspiring figures. It will be held in line with the country’s sporting regulations, the National Olympic and Paralympics Committee and the FICTS Federation in a bid to support the production and distribution of sports films.

The event, sponsored by IRIB’s independent sports channel, is scheduled for March.



Iranian short film in Portugal festival

The Iranian short film ‘Goodbye Olympic’ directed by Mojtaba Pourbakhsh will take part in a film event in Lisbon, Portugal by Anarchy Cinema and Triste Para Sempre.

The film will be screened along with 17 other films in the main competition section of the event, slated for February 20-22 in Lisbon.

Goodbye Olympic tells the story of a female rower who encounters problems on her way to qualify for the Olympic games.

Ramin Rastad, farajolah Golsefidi, Houman Javadi, Mehri Ale-Agha, Tahereh Amouzadeh, Asghar Sandousi, Morteza Ghadiri, Jaber Vosough, Alireza Shahrestani and Maryam Jahani are in the cast.

This is Pourbakhsh’s first short film. Last October it had its world premiere at the 37th Milano FICTS international festival.



Iran to hold 1st Job photo, film festival

Concurrent with the third Iran Job Exhibition, the country will be hosting the first edition of Iran International Job Photo & Film Festival (Jobax) in April.

Organized by Iran Job Center, the first edition of Iran International Job Photo & Film Festival, known as 'Jobax' will be held concurrent with the third Iran International Job Exhibition, simply known as Jobex.

The event is scheduled for April 21-24, 2020.

The photo and film exhibition is focused on eight main themes, including: 1) Educational, cultural and artistic, 2) administrative and financial, 3) social, 4) health, 5) services, 6) agriculture and environment, 7) technical and engineering, and 8) data processing.

The event will be held in three sections, including: single photo, photo collection and a special section titled ‘No to Child Labor’.



“The Sun’s Daughter” captures Iranian children’s hearts

The third edition of Sweden-based Afghan writer Mohammad-Hossein Mohammadi’s children’s book “The Sun’s Daughter and the Black Devil” has recently been released by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCY) in Tehran.

Illustrated by Iranian artist Mohammadreza Lavasani, the book tells the story of a little girl, Aftab (Sun), who decides to fight the darkness in her land caused by the black devil.

Mohammadi was forced to flee the war in his homeland in 1982 in search of hope and safety in Iran.

He left Iran in 1996 to start a new life in his motherland Mazar-i-Sharif. However, he was forced again to flee the city just one year later after the outbreak of war by the Taliban.

He earned an M.A. degree in filmmaking in Iran.

His short story collection “The Red Figs in Mazar-i-Sharif” won several literary awards, including the Hushang Golshiri Award and Isfahan Literary Award.




Iranian short film month underway in Izmir

Turkey’s metropolitan city Izmir is currently hosting a special Iranian film event by screening nine short films in a month-long program.

The inauguration ceremony of 'Iranian Short Film Month' was held on Thursday with the screening of short films 'Sorahi' and 'It Rains Slowly', directed by Saeed Nejati, in Izmir, Turkey.

Other short films in the program include ‘Manicure’ by Arman Fayyaz, ‘Forouzan’ and ‘Azadeh’ by Mirabbas Khosravinejad, ‘Birthday Night’ by Omid Shams, ‘Elephant’s Shadow’ by Arman Khansarian, ‘You Were Busy Dying’ by Amin Ghashghaian, and ‘Juan’ by Kaveh Jahed.

The event runs until March 7, each week screening two short films at the Mavi Bahçe Center in Izmir.

The event is organized by the Izmir Film and Television Association, in partnership with Tahsin Isbilen.