Source: Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco
The 9th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Franciscowas held from September 24-25, 2016. This year, 37 films from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, India, Dubai, Czech Republic, and Spain were presented at the festival. The mission of the festival is to discover and support the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world, while honoring the veteran filmmakers for their distinguished careers.
At the end of the festival, the winners of the 2016 ‘Sepanta Awards' were announced:
Best Film: A Very Ordinary Citizen
Best Director: Majid Barzegar for A Very Ordinary Citizen
Best Actor: Souren Mnatsakanian for A Very Ordinary Citizen
Best Actress: Samira Hassanpour for Raspberry
Best Screenplay: Saman Salour for Raspberry
Best Cinematography: Jose Luis Alcaine for Finding Altamira
Best Documentary: Atlan, directed by Moeen Karimoddini
Best Short Film: BAHER, Her Mind
Best Director for a Short Film: Hassan Akhondpour for BAHER, Her Mind
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Jalal Saedpanah for Ice Water
Best Short Documentary: With These Hands, by Reza Haeri
Best Actor in a Short Film: Nima Rad for Flesym
Best Actress in a Short Film: Mahya Dehghan for BAHER, Her Mind
Best Cinematography for a Short Film: The White Lake, by Peyman Abaszade
Best Music Video: Shahrzad, by Alireza Rabie Moghadam
Best Animation: Amoo Nowruz, by Farkhondeh Torabi
About the 'Sepanta' Awards:
Abdoulhossein Sepanta [1907-1969], who made Lor Daughter, Shirin & Farhad...was the father of sound in Iranian cinema. This award is named in his honor for his achievements in Iranian cinema.
About Iranian Film Festival (IFF):
Iranian Film Festival (IFF), the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, with no affiliation to any political or religious organizations, launched in 2008, is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the worldİ. IFF is also a platform for the Iranian filmmakers living around the globe to express their vision and talent through the artistic medium of film. Iranian Film Festival (IFF) was established to support the Iranian film and culture in the Iranian-American community of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
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