Source: Iranian Film Festival
The 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco was held on September 27 & 28. Eight years ago when we launched the first IFF in North America, there was no such festival anywhere outside Iran to represent the Iranian Cinema independently. Our goal from day one was to discover the next generation of Iranian filmmakers and support them. This has become our ‘motto’ as well and we are glad to have been able to make this platform available for them wherever they are. It is very encouraging when we receive entries as far away as China, Japan, Australia...from Iranian filmmakers who have been scattered around the world.
This year, again, the films represented a wide range of topics, genres and point of views, from fiction, documentary, animation...to music and beyond.
Eleven countries participated this year: Iran, USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq.
Winners of the 2014 ‘Sepanta Awards’:
Best Film: Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Actor: Faramarz Gharibian for The Sinners
Best Actress: Tannaz Tabatabayi for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Screenplay: Pouran Derakhshandeh & Mitra Bahrami for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Cinematography: Salem Salavati for The Last Winter
Best Documentary: Trucker and the Fox, directed by Arash Lahooti
Best Short Film: Red Dream, directed by Shahriar Pourseyedian
Best Director for a Short Film: Ali Reza Salmanpour for Wound
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Nikan Nezami for A Little Farther
Best Short Documentary: Homeless to Homeowner directed by Jahangir Golestan
Best Actor in a Short Film: Korkmaz Arslan for Bahar in Wonderland
Best Actress in a Short Film: Anahita Afshar for Honeymoon
Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Ali Sadeghpoor Moghadas for Haleema
Best Animation: Simorgh, directed by Meghdad Asadi Lari
Congratulations to all the winners.
About Sepanta Awards: Abdolhossein Sepanta [1907-1969], a director and producer [Lor Girl, Shirin & Farhad], is known as the father of sound in Iranian Cinema. In honor of his achievements, Iranian Film Festival, has named its award 'Sepanta Award' given in 15 categories.
'Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco' is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world.
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