Iranian Film Festival
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The Iranian Film Festival (IFF) was a film festival held annually in the Netherlands. Until now, the festival has taken place in Utrecht (2007), Rotterdam (2008), and in 2009 the festival will take place in filmtheatre De Fabriek in Zaandam.
Aim of the festival
The Iranian Film Festival focuses on the film culture of contemporary Iran. The festival mainly shows the work of young, independent Iranian filmmakers, who give their vision of Iran with special attention to political and social aspects of Iranian society. In 2006 the festival only lasted one day, but because of its success it was expanded to three days in 2007.
The Iranian Film Festival was set up by an independent organisation, that cooperates with independent filmmakers, distributors and production companies from Iran. In this manner, the organisation has the freedom to compose its own program. The director of the Iranian Film Festival is Parwin Roghyeh Mirrahimy.
The Iranian Film Festival has a diverse program consisting of films, documentaries, short films, video-clips, children's movies and animation. The festival also organizes discussions with the directors of the films, talk-shows, music performances and photo-exhibitions.
Examples of films and documentaries that were shown during the festival in the past years are: Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi, 1997), “Nose, Iranian Style“ (Mehrdad Oskouei, 2005), “It’s Always Late for Freedom” (Mehrdad Oskouei, 2006), “Navel” (Mohammad Shirvani, 2004), "Do you have another apple?" (Bayram Fazli, 2006), Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi / Vincent Paronnaud, 2007).
Some films that were part of the program have been a matter of controversy in Iran, like 20 Fingers (Mania Akbari, 2004) and "Mainline" (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Moshen Abdolvahab, 2006).
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