Fajr International Film Festival

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Fajr International Film Festival
Fajr Film Festival logo.svg
Fajr Film Festival logo
LocationTehran, Iran
Founded1982
AwardsCrystal Simorgh
Golden Tablet
Diploma Honorary
Festival date26 May–2 June
LanguagePersian
English
Websitewww.fajriff.com/en/

Iran's annual Fajr International Film Festival (Persian: جشنواره بین‌المللی فیلم فجر‎), or Fajr Film Festival (little: FIFF; Persian: جشنواره فیلم فجر‎), has been held every February and April in Tehran since 1982.[1] The festival is supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. It takes place on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Ninety feature films were submitted for the 29th edition of the festival in 2011.[2]

The festival has been promoted locally and internationally through television, radio and webinars; speakers have come from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.[citation needed]

Organizations contributing to the event have included the Farabi Cinema Foundation, Iran film foundation, Press TV, HispanTV and Iran's multi-lingual film channel IFilm.[citation needed] From 2015, the festival has been separated into a national festival in February, which is notable for premieres of the most important domestic movies, and an international one, held in April.[citation needed]

Eligibility[edit]

Entries into the International Competition section must not have premiered in Central Asia, Caucasia and Anatolia (with the exception of the country of origin), or the Middle East to be considered. Films entered into the competitive sections must have completion dates in the years 2019-2020, while Popular Genre Films, and Docs in Focus, and Special Screenings must have completion dates within 2018-2020. Feature films must have a running time of greater than 70 minutes, while short films must not exceed 15 minutes running time. Films cannot be submitted if they have been submitted in a previous edition of the Festival.[3]

Awards[edit]

The 38th Fajr International Film Festival offered awards at the Closing Ceremony on April 20, 2020. Awards are given for Iranian films competing in categories outlined in the FIFF Rules and Regulations,[3] which change in monetary amount from year to year.

International[3][edit]

  • Golden Simurgh for Best Film (awarded to the film director) + 800.000.000 Iranian Rial (IRR) Cash Prize (jointly to producer and director)
  • Silver Simurgh for Best Director + 400.000.000 IRR Cash Prize
  • Silver Simurgh for Best Script + 300.000.000 IRR Cash Prize
  • Silver Simurgh for Best Actress
  • Silver Simurgh for Best Actor
  • In the decision of International Jury, the prize list must not contain joint awards and no film can receive more than two awards.
  • Silver Simurgh for Best Short Film + 100.000.000 IRR Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)

Eastern Vista Awards[3][edit]

Golden Simurgh for Best Feature Film (awarded to the film director) + 600.000.000 IRR Cash Prize (jointly to producer and director) Silver Simurgh for Best Feature Film Director + 300.000.000 IRR Cash Prize Silver Simurgh for Best Feature Film Script + 150.000.000 IRR Cash Prize Silver Simurgh for Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in a Feature Film in the categories of camera, editing, music score, costume or scene design Silver Simurgh for Best Short Film + 100.000.000 IRR Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)

Other Awards[edit]

For all:

  • Golden Tablet
  • Diploma Honorary
  • Golden Flag

Single:

  • Audience Award
  • Golden Banner
  • Inter-Faith
  • Abbas Kiarostami Award

Competitions[edit]

  • Competition of Asian Cinema
  • Competition of Spiritual Cinema
  • International Competition
  • International Competition of Short Films
  • International Competition of Documentary Works
  • Competition of Iranian Cinema
  • Competition of Iranian Short Film
  • Competition of Documentary Works

Juries[edit]

  • International Competition Jury
  • Competition of Spiritual Cinema Jury
  • Competition of Asian Cinema Jury

Fajr International Film Festival editions[edit]

  • 1st Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1983)
  • 2nd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1984)
  • 3rd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1985)
  • 4th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1986)
  • 5th Fajr International Film Festival (2–12 February 1987)
  • 6th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1988)
  • 7th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1989)
  • 8th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1990)
  • 9th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1991)
  • 10th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1992)
  • 11th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1993)
  • 12th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1994)
  • 13th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1995)
  • 14th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1996)
  • 15th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1997)
  • 16th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1998)
  • 17th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1999)
  • 18th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2000)
  • 19th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2001)
  • 20th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2002)
  • 21st Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2003)
  • 22nd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2004)
  • 23rd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2005)
  • 24th Fajr International Film Festival (20–30 January 2006)
  • 25th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2007)
  • 26th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2008)
  • 27th Fajr International Film Festival (31 January–10 February 2009)[4]
  • 28th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2010)
  • 29th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2011)
  • 30th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2012)
  • 31st Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2013)
  • 32nd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2014)
  • 33rd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2015)
  • 2016
    • 34th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2016)
    • 34th Fajr International Film Festival (20–25 April 2016)
  • 2017
    • 35th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2017)
    • 35th Fajr International Film Festival (21–28 April 2017)
  • 2018
    • 36th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2018)
    • 36th Fajr International Film Festival (19–27 April 2018)
  • 2019
    • 37th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2019)
    • 37th Fajr International Film Festival (18–26 April 2019)
  • 2020
    • 38th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2020)
    • 38th Fajr International Film Festival (16–24 April 2020)[a]
  • 2021
    • 38th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2020)[6]

Visitors[edit]

Oliver Stone and Reza Mirkarimi at the 2018 Fajr International Film Festival

Over the years the Festival has had numerous film figures attend, some of whom have worked closely with the festival as jury members. These include: Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov and Costa-Gavras.[citation needed]

Boycotts[edit]

Two Italian film directors, Eugenio Barba and Romeo Castellucci, have announced that they will not be attending the 2020 Fajr Festival in Tehran.[7] They made this decision at the request of some Iranian artists who have already boycotted the festival.[8] So far, 139 people, including director Masoud Kimiai[9] and various movie stars are boycotting the festival in a show of sympathy for the families of those killed in the January 2020 Iranian downing of a Ukrainian passenger flight.[10][11][12]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 38th Fajr International Film Festival canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fajr International Film Festival". Iran Chamber Society. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 146. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Fajr International Film Festival Rules & Regulations". Fajr International Film Festival. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  4. ^ Anari, Elham (19 January 2009). "نشست خبری جشنواره فیلم فجر" [Fajr Film Festival press conference] (in Persian). Hamshahri Online.
  5. ^ "Fajr Intl. Film Festival cancels 2020 edition over coronavirus". Tehran Times. 8 May 2020.
  6. ^ "38th Fajr International Film Festival to Return in May". Fajr International Film Festival. 2021-04-17. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  7. ^ "Two Italian Stage Directors Decide To Stay Away From Iran Government Festival". Archived from the original on 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  8. ^ "Iranian Artists, Writers Ask Italian Directors To Stay Away From Government Festival". Archived from the original on 2019-12-25. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  9. ^ Fajr Film Festival: When politics collide with Iran's big screen
  10. ^ Iran Film, Theater, Music Artists, Broadcasters Boycott State TV, Festivals
  11. ^ Iranian Artists, Celebrities Cancel Attendance in State-run Festivals amid Public Anger over Ukrainian Plane Cover-up
  12. ^ "Iran's Annual Film Festival On Verge Of Collapse After Boycott By Movie Stars". Archived from the original on 2020-02-01. Retrieved 2020-02-01.

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