Reza Mirkarimi (Festival Director)
Reza Mirkarimi, born in 1966 in Tehran, is an Iranian screenwriter. He has graduated in Graphics from Tehran University, the faculty of Fine Arts. He started his cinematic career with a 16mm short film, called “for him”. He made his first feature film, “the Child and the Soldier”, in 1999- a film which won him national and international recognition. Ever since, he has written and directed several critically acclaimed, such as, “Under the Moonlight”, “Here a Light is Shining”, “So Close, So Far’, “As Simple As That’, “A Cube of Sugar’, “Today” and “The Girl”. His lastest film, “The Girl” was nominated for 7 Crystal Simorghs at the 34th Fajr Film Festival. Mirkarimi is the Managing Director of Khaneh Cinema since April, 2015.
Amir Esfandiari (International Affairs)
Born in 1957 in Tehran, Amir Esfandiari is a graduate of Business Management from Massachusetts Northeastern University. In 1997< Esfandiari began his work as Head of International Affairs in FCF. Since then he has served as a jury member in a number of different international events such as Olympia Int’l Film Festival as president of the jury, Cairo International Children Film Festival, etc. His other professional activities include: Director of international affairs in Fajr International Film Festival (1997-2012), Director of International affairs in Children and Young Adults International Film Festival ( since 1997), etc.
Manager of the Festival Palace
Reza Kianian (Manager of the Festival Palace)
Reza kianian was born in 1951, Tehran. He is an actor in cinema, theatre and television, writer, designer, and photographer. He began his career in cinema in 1989. He won his first Simorgh of Fajr International Film Festival for “The Glass Agancy” as the best supporting actor and his first Simorgh of best actor for “A House Built on Water”, but they are just number of his cinematic awards during the years of his activity.
Mehdi Yazdani (Executive Manager)
Mehdi Yazdani, born in 1965, has been the Executive Deputy of fajr International Film Festival and International Children and Young Adults Film Festival. He has also worked as the Managing Director of the visual Media Institute, the Deputy of the Film Provision and Distribution Department and the Executive Deputy of Farabi Cinematic Foundation, and the Senior Advisor of Planning and Development of Khaneh Cinema.
Iraj Taghipour (publicity)
raj taghipour, born in 1958 in Tehran, graduated in Physics from Sharif University of Technology. He established the Photography department of the Central Office of Construction Jihad in 1979. He has produced many films, such as “Negin”, “Dancing in the Dust”, “The Beautiful City”, “The Empty Seat”, etc. He is one of the members of the Policy Making Ouncil of “Art & Experience Cinema.
Jafar Saneie Moghadam (programming)
Jafar Saneie Moghadam, born in 1958 in Tehran, graduated in Computer Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University. He has worked as Department of Producer of the War IRIB TV1, the Managing Director of Iranian Youth Cinema Society, the managing Director of the Department of Supervision and Assessment, an international jury member of International Amateur Filmmakers (UNICA), etc. He is one of the members of the Policy Making Council of “Arts & Experience Cinematic Group”.
Alireza shojanouri (Film Sessions)
Alireza Shojanouri, born in 1955 in Shiraz, is a cinematic manager, actor, and producer with a B.Sc. in biology from Shahid Beheshti University, and a B.A in Italian Literature from Tehran University. He started his career in IRNA in 1980. Shojanouri was appointed as the International Affairs Advisor of the Cinematic Organization in 2013. Throughout his acting career, he has starred in many films, like “The Fateful Day”, “Muhammad, The Messenger of God”, etc.
Keyvan Kasirian (Public Media)
Keyvan Kasirian, born in 1971 in Babol, is a journalist and Film critic. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Shiraz also graduated in journalism from the Media Studies Center. He started his journalistic career in 1989 and in the mid 90s, he started collaborating with specialized film criticism magazines. Kasirian is the editor-in-chief of “Art & Experience” magazine, the Director of the Cinematheque of the Iranian House of Artists, the editor-in-chief of the cinematic website “www.cinemacinema.ir’, and a member of the central Committee of the society of Iranian Writers & Film Critics.
Shadmehr Rastin (fan Club)
Shadmehr Rastin was born in 1965, Tehran. He was graduated from University of Tehran in Architecture and studied Cinema in Islamic Center for Filmmaking in “Bagh Ferdows”. He has made “offside”, “zagros”, “As Simple as That”, “A Few Days Later” and “that Man Came”.
Mohammad Ibrahim Salavatifard (Protocol)
Mohammad Ibrahim Salavatifard, born in 1952 in Tehran, studied Physics in Iran’s National University. He is one of the senior TV producers with a lot of management experience in IRIB. He has been a member of the selection board in nine editions of Fajr International Film Festival. Salavatifard has also worked as the VIP and ceremonies Manager of AIBD, and ABU confereces, and supervised the Department of the Journalists in the Islamic Summits Conference.
Rouhollah Hoseini (Training Affairs)
Seyed Rouhollah Hosseini was born in 1979, Khomein. He received his PHD in ComparativeLiterature from University of Tehran. He has been faculty member of University of Tehran and head of French Studies department, educational general director of Saadi Foundation, member of board of directors of Iranian Association for French language and literature, and director of Scientific council of Iranian National School of Cinema.
Maziar Miri (Talent Campus)
Maziar Miri, born in 1971 in Tehran, is a film director, and executive producer, who graduated from Iran Broadcasting university. He started his filmmaking career in the 90s, making short films. Miri’s most notable films include “The Unfinished Song”, “gradually”, “The Book of Law”, “Felicity Land”, and “The Painting Pool”.
Mohsen ShahEbrahimi (Interior Designs)
Mohsen Shahebrahimi is an art director, costume designer and actor. Born in 1954, Iran, he studied art directing in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He started his career with “By the Ponds” by Yadollah noasri in 1986. Shahebrahimi has been art designer of “Mohammad” by majid majidi and cooperated with Reza Mirkarimi in “A Cube of Sugar”, and also many other Films.
Afshin Assadzadeh (Projection)
Afshin Assadzadeh was born in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and received his Master’s degree in Executive Management. He has been Vice president of supply and production programs of Visual media Institute , the director of Home Entertainment Network, consultant of providing and production management of Visual Media Institute, and secretariat of Council for Home Entertainment Network And Video Production License.
Palace of Festival
Ashkan Khatibi (Palace of Festival)
Ashkan Khatibi, Iranian actor of cinema, theatre and television was born in 1978 in Tehran, educated in theatre directing. He has also had activities as theatre producer, TV host, musician and singer. Khatibi started his film career with rolling in “So Close, So Far”. He also acted in Cinema-Bench, The Rule of Accident, Negar, Khanoum, and now he is the manager of Charsou Cinemlex.
Screening and Special Events
Seyfollah Samadian (Screening and Special Events)
Seyfollah Samadian is a filmmaker, photographer, and cinematographer who was born in Urumia, Iran in 1943. He studied English Literature at university but his main activities revolve around photography, cinematography and film making.
He published the monthly Image (tasvir) in the 80s, he is experienced in teaching Photojournalism at Tehran University at Tehran University, Art university and Islamic Azad university. Samadian is the one who founded the Image of the year (Tasvir-e Saal)gala and Tasvir Festival as he is also the director of mentioned event. He is a member of Policy makers of Art & Experience Cinematic Group. He is also a co-founder of the Iranian photographer association. Samadian has cooperated in the cinematography of “ABC Africa”, “The Roads” and “Five” with Abbas Kiarostami.
Mohammad (Vahid) Esfandiari (Film Market)
Born in 1960 in Shemiran, Mohammad Esfandiari is a graduate in English from Allameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran. Since 1989, he has been working as Acquisitions and Sales Executive in International Affairs, he has been working as Executive Manager on the organization of Iranian Cinema stand in international film market for 17 editions. Esfandiari has been active as manager of film department in festivals in iran.
Kamyar Mohsenin (International Coordinator)
Born in 1971 in Tehran, Kamyar Mohsenin studied Control & Instrument Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. After working as film critic and translator with different film magazines as well as Iranian National film Archive publications, he started an analytical TV Program, “Film 90’s”, as researcher and co-creator in 1996. Mohsenin began his collaboration with Farabi cinema Foundation as Research Executive in 1998. Since then, he has been involved in organization of such international film events as Fajr, Iranian Film Market, Children and Young Adults, Kish, Urbun, etc.
Mohammad Sadegh Mirkarimi (Logistics)
Mohammad Sadegh Mirkarimi was born in 1988, Zanjan. He is graduated in Mechanical engineering and has been project control supervisor for screening “A Cube of Sugar” and “Today” and was production manager of “Daughter”.