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The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF) Postpones the 2010 Festival to 2011

LOS ANGELES-March 31, 2010- Since its inception in 2006, the majority of  the Noor Iranian Film Festival's financing was made possible by its co-founder and director's personal funds, with some support from community leaders, corporate partners, sponsors, ticket sales and in-kind donations.  This year, given the difficult economic climate, NFF has not been able to reach the fundraising levels necessary to present the Festival to the community, while maintaining the high standards set over the past four years.

It is with great regret and disappointment that the directors, advisors and staff of the Noor Iranian Film Festival are forced to postpone this year's festival, originally scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2010, until next year.

The NFF staff and advisors considered several alternatives to postponing the Festival, such as announcing winners online, reducing the number of screenings or only holding an award ceremony. However, since NFF's chief mission remains to showcase the work of Iranian filmmakers, reducing or eliminating screenings is not a viable option. As a result, films submitted in 2010 will be added to the 2011 schedule. This will ensure that they receive a full, albeit delayed screening.  Please note that this change of schedule will affect the Screenplay Competition portion of the Festival, as well.

"I am disappointed at having to postpone the 2010 Noor Iranian Film Festival, but believe strongly that doing so will help us remain true to our mission and that we will be able to provide a much improved Festival for the community in 2011." said Siamak Ghahremani, director and co-founder of the Noor Iranian Film Festival. "I wish to thank every NFF filmmaker, partner, volunteer, and supporter who worked with us in 2010. I look forward to 2011 with great hope and excitement."

NFF is also looking forward to have the opportunity to honor the legend of cinema of Iran, Mr. Behrouz Vossoughi in 2011.


Iran's great heritage lives on in the eyes and hearts of many Iranians around the world. It is through the struggles and stories of their individual lives that their myriad qualities and rich heritage shine forth.  Noor Iranian Film Festival's purpose is to focus on those qualities, to tell those stories, so that the world can look at Iran and Iranians with a gratitude for their rich contribution to our common human heritage. Through this Iranian film festival, we bring together film, the most modern of entertainment media, with one of the most ancient of eastern cultures.  Our mission is to foster a greater appreciation of Iranian-American culture and its contribution to the American cultural landscape, independent of religious and political ideology, through the medium of cinema.

Behrouz Vossoughi is one of Iran's most legendary actors. He has over 40 years of experience in the motion picture industry, with featured appearances in more than 90 films. In addition to his work in films, television, radio and theater, Behrouz' performances have earned him recognition at several international film festivals. He was one of the first to play in American and European Co-Productions such as in Caravans (1978) in 1978 co-starring with Anthony Quinn, Jennifer O'Neill (I) and Michael Sarrazin. He was also to play in another American movie called The Invincible Six (1970) with Curd J├╝rgens in 1962. His major films were, of course, Iranian. In Iran, he is still truly a Mega Star and Role model for an entire generation of Iranians in. He is certainly The Iranian actor who paved the road for the new generation of Iranians working today in Iran and aboard.

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