To celebrate the life and cinema of one of the world’s top filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami, we dedicated a tribute to his cinema. Thanks to AFTRS, a special session was held in Sydney with the screening of one of his latest films, Certified Copy. The tribute to Kiarostami will continue in Melbourne in collaboration with Monash University with a more extensive program around his films later in the year.
The festival hosted a number of national and international guests. Davood Khayam was presented for the world premiere of his debut feature, Mohey. In partnership with AFTRS, we also hosted a retrospective on Majid Barzegarwas also present for a retrospective of his films, A Very Ordinary Citizen, Parviz, and Valderrama. From Australia, the festival also had present Iranian-Australian filmmaker Vida Irani for the screening of her short film Duet.