Fajr International Film Festival 2017 Comes to a Close – Full List of Winners

The awards ceremony for the 35th Fajr International Film Festival took place on Thursday evening, 27 April, at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, with all the winners, as they were announced.


Jury Members of FIff 2017 Hold Press Conference

Jury members of 35th Fajr International Film Festival held a press conference on Thursday, April 27. The gathering was attended by Iranian and international journalists, news outlets, and organizers of this year’s run.


Stefan Förner: A Good Film Makes Us Inquisitive

Stefan Förner was born in 1965 in Bamberg, Germany. He studied Catholic Theology in Bamberg and Paris. He has served as member of jury in international film festivals such as Cannes, Cottbus, Berlinale, etc. Following, he tells us more about his workshop and opinion about a good film. Tell us about your workshop. I held


Iran’s A-List Directors Are Celebrated in France

Remy Ebras is a French artistry student; he is learning Persian at the moment in Iran and is very interested in Iranian cinema. Why do you like to learn Farsi? I need to learn the alphabets first so it makes it a bit harder. Besides that I am learning Farsi from English which is already


The Unnamed Is About the Plight of Hidden Slaves

The Unnamed by Tauquir Ahmad was screened at the Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries section of Fajr 2017. Director Tauquir Ahmed shares his experiences with us at this year’s run: What is your film about? The film is about Bangladeshi nationals working in the Arab countries like Qatar, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia.


The Real Award Is the People Award

Vinod Kapri is a senior Indian journalist and filmmaker. His feature debut Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho (2015) is a socio-legal satire that received extensive critical acclaim. Before venturing into filmmaking, he spent 23 years of his career as journalist with Zee News, Star News and India TV, where he produced and directed various documentaries and


Fajr 35th Turned Out Far Better Than I’d Expected

Yosuke Taeuchi is a young Japanese director whose film The Sower was screened in the Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries section of the 35th FIff. The Sower won the best director and best actress awards of Thessaloniki Film Festival. Here is a short interview with him about the film and his take


Fajr and Tbilisi Festivals Should Keep Communication Channels Open

Founded in 2000, the Tbilisi International Film Festival is organized by Cinema Art Center Prometheus in Tbilisi, Georgia. Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world. Its director Gaga Ckheidze says there should be further cooperation between the Tbilisi and Fajr. Tell us about your festival? Our festival is the


Fajr Is Dedicated to All of Us Who Love Film and the Art of Filmmaking

Maria Mamona is a Polish actress, known for her excellent roles in Blindness (2016), 33 Scenes from Life (2008) and Fear of Falling (2011). Her last film was screened at the Cinema Salvation: International Competition section of this year’s Fajr. She talks us about her work and the festival. Tell me about yourself? I’m actress


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