In conjunction with the 16th Willoughby Spring Festival, hailed as ‘the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney’s North Shore,’ the Persian International Film Festival will be bringing you an evening of two hours of short films from local and international Persian filmmakers. So, pack your dinner, bring your family, and picnic on the lawns of the Concourse, and watch films on the outdoor big screen. Come early to ensure you get the best space!
All films will be subtitled and are appropriately rated for family viewing.
Date: Saturday 29 September 2012-08-22
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Venue: Urban Screen on the Concourse. 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
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 panel session held at the State Library of New South Wales where we showed The Making of A Separation. The tribute continues with the screening of the Dancing in the Dust and The Beautiful City, at the University of Sydney.
Screening of Asghar Farhadi’s second feature film The Beautiful City followed by a panel discussion.
SPEAKERS: Asoc. Prof. Vrasidas Karalis (Modern Greek, Sydney), Dr. Michelle Langford (Media, UNSW), Naser Ghobadzadeh (USyd)and moderated by Dr. Omid Tofighian.
Australian premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s first feature film, Dancing in the Dust (Raghs dar Ghobar), followed by a panel discussion about the cinema of the region.
SPEAKERS: Asoc. Prof. Vrasidas Karalis (Modern Greek, Sydney), Dr. Michelle Langford (Media, UNSW), Dr. Omid Tofighian (UWS/Wollongong) and moderated by Dr. Chris Hartney (Studies in Religion, Sydney).
by Seyed Vahid Hosseini
Screening of The Making of A Separation and a panel discussion on Iranian cinema at the State Library of NSW.
SPEAKERS: Dr. Michelle Langford (UNSW), Dr. Omid Tofighian (UWS) and the festival director Amin Palangi.
Panel chaired by Lynden Barber.
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. For a full program of what was screened check out the Melbourne Program.
This year the festival has an international panel of judges who will select the best feature and short films from films in the 2012 official competition. In addition there will also be an audience choice award.
The festival will close the last day of screenings at the Dendy Opera Quay with the screening of Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, followed by the award ceremony.
On the 23rd of February, we will celebrate the official opening of the First Persian International Film Festival in Sydney. Join us after the opening night feature I am Nasrine for some refreshments and drinks.