Press Release by Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF)
What: The 6th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) will present the NIFF Achievement Award to the only Oscar-nominated Iranian-American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Sand and Fog”) at this year’s Closing Awards Ceremony. The award will be presented by veteran movie producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America and former president of the Motion Picture Academy. Eight juried awards will also be presented during the ceremony; categories include Audience Favorite, Best Director, Best Story, Best Actor & Actress, Best Documentary, Best Animation and Best Short Film.
This year’s festival will feature screenings of 35 features, documentaries and shorts that will run from October 18th - 23rd at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills (9036 Wilshire Blvd.) Each film features a theme about Iran and/or Iranian talent, either in front of or behind the camera.
Who: Celebrities and VIPs slated for attendance include Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Sand and Fog”); producer Hawk Koch (president of the Producers Guild of America & former president of the Motion Picture Academy); NIFF founder and producer Siamak Ghahremani; actress Frances Fisher (“Unforgiven”); Maz Jobrani (“The Interpreter”); Shaun Toub (“Homeland,” “Iron Man”); Anthony Azizi (NIFF co-founder); award-winning Iranian-American writer & journalist Homa Sarshar; actor Navid Negahban (“Homeland,” “The Stoning of Soraya M”); Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland,” “Iron Man”); Omid Abtahi (“Ghost Whisperer”); Nico Guilak (NBC’s “Chuck”); Reza Safai (“Circumstance”); Sam Golzari (“American Dreamz”); Ali Saam ("Argo"); Houshang Touzie ("Argo"), and more to be announced.
When: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Media Check-in: 6:30pm / Red Carpet Arrivals: 7:00-8:00pm / Awards Ceremony: 8:00pm
Where: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tickets are available online at www.noorfilmfestival.com or by calling the NIFF office at 310.281.5575 Prices range from $12.00 per screening to $130.00 for the VIP All Access Pass. Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Tickets are available for $75.00 (regular admission) and $85.00 (VIP/priority seating and admission).
A non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization, the Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) was created to shed light, or ‘noor,’ on Persian culture, helping to express the beauty of a culture that is commonly misperceived due to its portrayal in the media. In 2005, Iranian-born Siamak Ghahremani co-founded the festival (with actor Anthony Azizi), and the inaugural international event occurred in 2007. Two years of planning and orchestration were required due to this being the first competition Iranian Film Festival outside of Iran, as well as the first Iranian-American Red Carpet event. The mission for the festival is to educate the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. Not without challenges, the festival supports filmmakers whose voice cannot be heard inside of Iran and around the world.
For seven days, the NIFF hosts premieres, networking events, and panel discussions, culminating in the closing night Awards Ceremony held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. The event is also dedicated to cultivating and promoting Iranian-American talent in Hollywood. Screenings are held at the Laemmle Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Boulevard - Beverly Hills, CA). For more information, please visit: www.noorfilmfestival.com.
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