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Winners of 2017 'Sepanta Awards' at 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco announced

Source: Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco

Director Parviz Shahbazi's "Malaria" has been crowned best at the 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco.  The film also brought Shahbazi the awards for best director and best screenwriter.

"Malaria" tells the story of a young woman who elopes with her boyfriend to spend her time in the company of a band of street musicians in Tehran. Afterwards, she plans to hoodwink her father and brothers by claiming that she has been kidnapped and wants them to promptly send the ransom money.

Saed Soheili (L) and Saghar Qana'at act in a scene from "Malaria".

 Ali Mosaffa was picked as best actor for his role in "Duet" by Navid Danesh, while Mitra Hajjar was named best actress for her role in Ali Atshani's "Wishbone".

Roberto Cimatti from Italy received the award for best cinematographer for his collaboration in the U.S.-based Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi's 2016 movie "Monte".

The 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival was held on September 23 and 24. Established in 2008, the event aims to support the Iranian films and culture in the Iranian-American community of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Winners of the 2017 'Sepanta Awards'

Best Film: Malaria
Best Director: Parviz Shahbazi, for Malaria
Best Actor: Ali Mosaffa, for Duet
Best Actress: Mitra Hajar, for Wishbone
Best Screenplay: Parviz Shahbazi, for Malaria
Best Cinematography: Roberto Cimatti, for Mountain
Best Documentary: Iran's Arrow, by Shahin Armin & Sohrab Daryabandari
Best Short Film: Tanavob (Periodicity)
Best Director for a Short Film: Ali Khoshdouni, for Tanavob (Periodicity)
Best Screenplay for a Short Film: Kaveh Mazaheri, for Retouch
Best Short Documentary: We Skate in Iran, by Benjamin Aryani
Best Actor in a Short Film: Homayoun Ershadi, for Blue Lantern
Best Actress in a Short Film: Katrin Aslani, for Red Peace
Best Cinematography for a Short Film: Sarkew Mesgari, for White House
Best Music Video: Where is Picasso, by Massod Vadiee
Best Animation: The Switchman, by Mehdi Khorramain
Best Experimental Film: The Big Nothing, by Kaveh Kazemzadeh

Abdoulhossein Sepanta was a filmmaker and the father of sound in Iranian cinema, who also made Lor Daughter [1933], Shirin & Farhad [1934]....


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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