The 1st Persian International Film Festival was launched successfully in Sydney from the 23-26th of February 2012 at Dendy Opera Quays near Sydney’s Opera House. Over the four days and seven screenings almost a thousand people from diverse backgrounds attended from all across Sydney.
Aside from screening films, the festival was also a cultural event. The opening and closing nights of the festival included an artistic performance curated by artist Nasser Palangi from Middle East Art Gallery. The performance lit up Sydney’s most prominent promenade with cultural flair and was very welcomed by audiences and onlookers at the Quay promenade. Our audience at the opening night went home with a festival show bag filled with great goodies, thanks to our sponsors, while our closing night audience each took home a tub of Persian nougat. For exact details of what was screened, check the 2012 schedule page.
The festival had an awards program in 2012. Our five international judges from Iran, Afghanistan and Australia awarded the Best Feature Film to Mohsen Abdolvahab’s Please Don’t Disturb (2010), and the Best Short Film to Amir Azizi’s The Silly (2010).
Maani Petgar Michelle Langford Nasser Palangi Seifollah Samadian Yalda Hakim
During the Persian New Year, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria we toured the festival to Melbourne. Held at the wonderful Village Roadshow Theatrette, we screened our award winning feature and short, as well as a selection of short films.
The festival received extensive coverage by both mainstream Australian and local community media. We landed a half page feature in the Daily Telegraph, got the front page of Canterbury Torch, and even made it to MX. We also did a number of radio interviews and were featured on SBS World News.
Following Asghar Farhadi’s recent success, the festival has dedicated a special tribute to his cinema. In collaboration with the University of Sydney, each month one of his feature films will be screened, followed by a panel discussion about his art and cinema of the region. The tribute kicked off with a sold out screening of A Separation and special session held at the State Library of New South Wales where we showed The Making of A Separation, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Michelle Langford, Dr. Omid Tofighian, Amin Palangi and chaired by Lynden Barber. More events are to follow. Check the site for regular updates on exact times and screening details.
The Persian International Film Festival is managed by
Mouna Zaylah | Reza Taheri | Haidar Noor | Freyana Irani | Fadia Aboud | Lisa Torrance | Majid Barzegar | Mohammad Atebbaei | Siamack Ghahreman | Vahid Govahi | Chris Hartney | Paria Zaghand | Seina Rahimi | Vruchi Waje | Negin Asadipour | Mani Veiszadeh | Mani Veiszadeh | Houman Hadisadegh | Pegah Hadisadegh | Elle Panahi | Sam Moradi | Rozhin Asghari | Zahra Ghasemi | Saber Baluch | Simone Wampfler-Howie | Jahan M Verki | Hala El-Khoury | Ellie Tavan | Christian Tancred |