Inaugurated in 2012, the Persian International Film Festival is a cultural film event that brings together screen stories of diverse Persian communities. It is a one of a kind festival, with an awards program, in Australia that bring together films from Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, and from the global Persian community across the world to celebrate their similarities, diversities and complexities through film for both Persian and Australian audiences. The festival aims to be a platform for new and alternative voices of Persian communities globally, as well as being a leader in shifting views and misperceptions in Australia by creating space and being a forum for dialogue between and amongst our diverse communities.
Thanks to everyone who made the first year’s festival a huge success, the festival celebrated its last event for 2012 with the screening of Beautiful City, as part of its Tribute to Farhadi program, followed by a panel discussion at the University of Sydney. With so much interest in the events, the festival team have already started working on even a better and more extensive program for next year.
In the meantime, however, don’t forget that in association with the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics, we are publishing a journal issue dedicated to New Wave Iranian Cinema. If you are a scholar interested on Iranian cinema, don’t forget to submit your abstract by 31st of July.
Also, if you are filmmakers and like to submit your film for next year’s festival, stay tuned for submission deadlines and guidelines to open later in the year.
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