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Announcing 5th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Celebrating Iranian Heritage

Source: Farhang Foundation

Submissions period: November 1, 2012 through February 1, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 25, 2012 - Now in its fifth year, the 2013 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival has officially been announced.

Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, Farhang Foundation's annual online short film festival offers contestants the opportunity to compete for $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize).

"Each year's submissions, which come to us from all over the world, including the U.S., Iran, many parts of Europe and the Far East, remind us of the universal language of the cinematic arts and surpass our expectations through the creative ways in which Iranian culture has been captured," said Mark Amin, Farhang's Film Festival Committee Chair and member of the board of trustees. "We eagerly anticipate this year's submissions and look forward to sharing them with viewers worldwide!"

The submissions period opens on November 1, 2012 and ends on February 1, 2013.

The award ceremony, during which the winning submissions will be screened before a live audience, will take place on March 16, 2013 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which will include a red-carpet arrival, extensive media coverage of the event and the participating contestants, followed by a reception.

Submissions are to be less than 9 minutes in length, can be of any genre or style, visualizing any aspect of Iranian art, history, culture,crafts, geography, cuisine, or lifestyle that will inspire and spark the audience's interest in learning more about Iranian culture. In keeping with the spirit of Farhang Foundation - a non-religious and non-political organization - it is advised that submissions refrain from endorsing or opposing any religious or political position.

All entries will be judged for creativity, quality, and originality by a diverse jury comprised of film industry professionals, academicians, and Farhang Foundation's Film Festival Committee and Board of Trustees. Views expressed by the filmmakers do not represent those of Farhang Foundation or its Board Members and Management.

For more information, including submissions guidelines and deadlines, past winning films and filmmakers and much more, please visit the official Festival website at

About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit

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