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2013 Farhang Short Film Festival's Top 6 Nominees Selected

Source: Farhang Foundation

Screening of submissions and awards ceremony to take place on March 16th at LACMA's Leo S. Bing Theater

LOS ANGELE, CA, February 16, 2013 - The Top 6 Nominees of the 5th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival have officially been announced. They are And We Pass By (Iran), Distant Words (Australia), Karbafi (Iran), Khourosh Ali Khan: Jazz Fusion in Iran (USA), Namaki (Iran), and Rostam in WonderLand - Sohrab's Blood (USA).

See the trailers for all films

More than seventy submissions were received this year from all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Iran, Nepal, Armenia, France, United Kingdom, Australia, and Bangladesh, all competing for top honors at Farhang's 2013 Short Film Festival and an opportunity to win $10,000 (first place), $5,000 (second place) or $3,000 (third place).

"We are excited to see the Farhang Film Festival continue to inspire young filmmakers from all over the world to create films about Iranian culture," said Mark Amin chair of the Farhang Film Festival Committee and member of the board of trustees. "In this our fifth year, we continue to be amazed by the number of high-quality submissions we received."

This year, the screening of the top six films, an award ceremony recognizing the top three films, and an exclusive reception in honor of the filmmakers, with a red carpet arrival, will take place onSaturday, March 16, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm at the Leo S. Bing Theater in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as part of Farhang Foundation's two-day Nowruz festivities at the museum. Tickets for this special evening, co-sponsored by LACMA's Art of the Middle East Contemporary and Farhang Foundation, are $35 for LACMA members and $45 for non-members. To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit LACMA's event page.

Since 2009, Farhang's film festival has called on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage. For more information on the film festival and to watch winning submissions from past years, visit

To learn more about Farhang's 5th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA, visit Farhang's Nowruz page.

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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