Winning submissions will be announced on March 21, 2015 during a screening and awards ceremony at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The top six submissions represent a variety of genres and styles, including drama, romance, animation, stop motion, and more. They are An Image on Wall by Mohamadreza Hafezi (Iran),Equality by Saeed Massihnia (Iran), Commotion (Osyan) by KAJART (Canada), Prelude (Pishdaramad) by Ali Azimi and Arash Ashtiani (UK), Rich Husband (Shohare Pooldar) by Erwin Khachikian (USA), and The Role of Each Fret by Maryam Farahzadi (Iran).
"This year's crop of submissions has been moving and entertaining, spanning genres and styles," said Mark Amin, Farhang Foundation board member and Chair of its Film Festival Committee. "As a juror, it was an incredibly difficult task to select only six finalists. As a cinema enthusiast, it was a treat to watch so many great short films. Congratulations are in order for all of our participants this year, particularly to our finalists."
The top three submissions will be announced on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at a screening and awards ceremony at LACMA's Leo S. Bing Theater. The top prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning submission. The second place submission will win $5,000 and $3,000 will be awarded to third place.
The submissions were astounding this year, with nearly one hundred quality short films submitted, half of which came from Iran. Submissions also came from the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
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. The festival seeks to provide a forum for individuals to use their creativity and talent to spark interest in Iranian culture.
Tickets for the March 21st film festival screening and awards ceremony, co-sponsored by LACMA's Art of the Middle East CONTEMPORARY and Farhang Foundation, are $35 for LACMA members and $45 for non-members. Tickets will be available on February 19th. For additional information, visit FarhangFilmFest.org.
The film festival screening and awards ceremony will serve as a prelude to Farhang Foundation's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration taking place at the museum on Sunday, March 22, 2015. For more information, visit Farhang.org.
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 Farhang.org
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