Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

Founded in 2009, the Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival has
quickly become a leading festival dedicated to celebrating Iranian
heritage through short film, video and animation.
Whether you are Iranian or non-Iranian, a veteran or aspiring
filmmaker, the Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is open to
individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. The festival has
one hope in mind: to provide a forum for individuals to use their
creativity and talent to spark and inspire interest in Iranian
culture.


We welcome participants to submit works that visualize some
aspect of Iranian arts, crafts, cuisine, culture, geography, and
history. All entries will be judged for creativity, quality, and
originality and will compete for a chance to win monetary prizes
of $10,000, $5,000 or $3,000 and receive worldwide recognition
through Farhang Foundation’s promotional campaigns.
For more information and full submissions rules, please visit:
FarhangFilmFest.org

2017 JURY PANEL

Mark Amin
Mark Amin is currently the CEO of Sobini Films, a motion picture
production and financing company. Through Sobini Films, Amin
has produced a diverse slate of feature films, including The Prince
& Me and Peaceful Warrior. Recent films include Eliza Graves,
starring Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale and Jim
Sturgess, based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. Girl Most
Likely is his most recent film released theatrically during the
summer of 2013. Mr. Amin served as Vice Chairman and member
of the board of directors of Lionsgate Entertainment from 2000 to
2009. Prior to his work with Lionsgate and Sobini, Amin founded
Trimark Holdings, Inc. and served as the company's Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer. Under Amin's leadership, Trimark soon
developed into one of the entertainment industry's leading
independent production and distribution companies. Amin's past
credits include the critically acclaimed Eve's Bayou and Frida,
which was nominated for five Oscars and won two. In addition to
film production, he is actively involved in the acquisition and
development of pistachio and almond orchards in central
California, with more than 8,000 acres under management. Mr.
Amin holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of
Kansas and an MBA from UCLA.

Homayoun Ershadi
Homayoun Ershadi Born in Isfahan Iran in 1947, Mr. Ershadi is an
acclaimed Iranian actor who made his screen debut in the leading
role of Abbas Kiarostami's masterpiece, TASTE OF CHERRY in 1997.
Ershadi has also starred in such notable films as the Academy
Award winning ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012) by Kathryn Bigelow and
A MOST WANTED MAN opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Other notable works includes the role of Baba in the critically
acclaimed drama THE KITE RUNNER and Aspasius in Alejandro
Amenábar's AGORA. Ershadi studied architecture in Italy and
worked many years as an architect before being discovered by
Abbas Kiarostami. Mr. Ershadi is currently working on several
projects both in Iran and outside of Iran including ENZEVA by
Morteza Ali Abbasmirzaee and LINA by Ramin Rasouli and DEAD
END OF TRUST by Hamid Kaviani.

Soheila Golestani
Soheila Golestani, was born in Tehran in 1980 and received her
Bachelor of Art degree in theater (Cinema and Theater Faculty
from the Art) University of Tehran. She starred in such films as
HALF MINE, HALF YOURS (2006) by Vahid Nikkhah, 40 YEARS OLD
by Alireza Raisian, and WE HAVE A GUEST by Mohammad Mehdi
Asgarpour, for which she received the award for Best Supporting
Actress at the 32nd International Fadjr Film Festival. Her starring
role in the thriller, TODAY by Reza Mirkarimi garnered much
critical acclaim, and was screened at major international film
festivals throughout the world. In 2014 Ms. Golestani made her
directorial debut with the multilayered drama TWO, starring Parviz
Parastui and Mahtab Nasirpour. Her latest project includes IF YOU
GO AWAY, the award winning virtual reality short film about war
refugees.


Behtash Sanaeeha
Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1980, Behtash Sanaeeha has a BA in civil
engineering, and was pursuing his Masters in architecture when
he left school in order to dedicate himself to his true passion of
filmmaking. He started his career making short films,
documentaries and commercials, and he also wrote and directed
two animated television series and a made for television feature
film. However, it was his feature directorial debut in 2015's RISK
OF ACID RAIN which brought him international acclaim. The film
was selected by many international festivals throughout the world
and garnered him multiple awards and nominations, including
best screenplay at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival. His latest feature
film, THE INVINCIBLE DIPLOMACY OF MR. NADERI is a
documentary that one best picture at the 2017 Iran Documentary
Film Festival.

Roya Teymourian
Delara "Roya" Teymourian was born in 1959 in Tehran where she
studied acting and directing at the College of Dramatic Arts and
started her early career in theater at the age of 21. It was her
performance in the 1988 television series RA'ANA by Davood
Mirbagheri, which truly showcased her talents as an actress. She
then started her film career in the feature film YEARNING VISIT by
Moharram Zaynalzadeh, and has performed in 27 films, 20
television programs and 25 theater productions which resulted in
multiple awards and nominations to date, including two awards
for Best Actress at the 6th Celebration of Iranian House of Cinema,
as well as the Independent Women Film Festival for her role in
WOMEN'S PRISON. Ms. Teymourian is best known for her leading
roles in such films as SANTOORI, CAFÉ SETAREH, THE WILLOW
TREE, SNOW, TIK, and THE MUSIC MAN. Most recently she starred
in a role of a lifetime in the groundbreaking and controversial film,
HADJI SHA by Zamani Esmati, which garnered her a best actress
nomination at the Fajr Film Festival. She has been married to
Masoud Raygany since 2003 and has two daughters Dorna and
Donya Madani from her previous marriage.


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