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Winners Announced: 2nd Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

Farhang Foundation and Society of Cinema and Arts are proud to present the winners of the 2nd Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival.


First Prize $10,000

Yar e Dabestani - My Grade School Friend



Directors: Where is My Vote - NY, Kourosh Shemirani, Simon Ampel

Producers: Where is My Vote - NY, Kourosh Shemirani, Simon Ampel

Writer: Kourosh Shemirani

Cinematographer: Simon Ampel

Editor: Simon Ampel

Musician: Fared Shafinury & Tehranosaurus



Second Prize $5,000

Persian Dance



Director, Producer & Editor: M. Moein

Musician: Keivan Saket

Cinematographer: Hosein Ruzaneh



Third Prize $3,000

Story (Morning Bird)


Director: Alborz Kamalizad

Musician: Farhad



Fourth Prize $2,000

(Due to an overwhelming number of outstanding submissions, Farhang Foundation has decided to recognize the forth place winner, as well.)

Scarecrow Matarsak




Director, Writer & Producer: Nazanin Shirazi

Cinematographer: Miguel Alvareza

Editor: Miguel Alvarez

Musician: Fared Shafinury & Tehranosaurus

Album: Behind the Seas



Congratulations to all of the winners!  Farhang Foundation will be presenting the awards to the winners on Sunday March 14th during the Iranian New Year Celebrations (Nowruz) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This event is free and open to public. Tickets are required. Click here for more information.


The Festival committee wishes to thank all of the participating artists (filmmakers, musicians & producers) for their creativity, dedication, relentless efforts and passion to express their heritage through their art. This year, Farhang Film Festival received 64 submissions with diverse themes from Iran, Europe and North America. The Jury rated each music video based on creativity, originality, production quality, and visualizing any aspect of the Iranian arts, culture, nature, and life-style. NOTE:  All submitted films were judged by the Jury committee based on the film's artistic merits only.   Views expressed by the filmmakers do not represent those of the Farhang Foundation or its Board Members and Management.


Moreover, the committee wishes to acknowledge the top nine submissions.


Top Nine Videos:  (Alphabetical Order)


Beyond Golden Dream

By BeyondGoldenDream


Deceit - Fareeb

By Experimental MAN


Gheseh (Morgheh Sahar) - Story (Morning Bird)

by People You Think You Know



Knotted Dreams

By Imaginary Knots Production


Matarsak (Scarecrow)

By ShiraziN



Persian Dance

By M.Moein



Rooz Maregi

By Ali Kamali

KIOSK - Roozmaregi from Ali Kamali on Vimeo.



Simorgh (Phoenix)

By Shahin Sorat



Yar-e Dabestani-e Man (My Grade School Friend)

By Where is My Vote - NY



About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate the art and culture of Iranian-Americans in its widest extent. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern Californioa. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit:

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