2018 Festival Program

7th Persian Film Festival presents some of the greatest, most courageous and artistic works by Persian-speaking filmmakers from across the globe to Sydney and Melbourne.

Golden Gazelle Award

A number of awards are presented during Persian International Film Festival, reflecting our commitment to quality cinema. The festival jury will look at the films in competition and will present the Golden Gazelle Award for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short during the Closing Night Ceremony in Sydney.

The Golden Gazelle Award is inspired by an ancient Persian winged-gazelle, dated back to Achaemenes Empire around 4th century BC, signifying vitality and intuition in artistic practice.

The Persian Film International Film Festival will present awards in the following categories:


2018 Festival Jury

Best Feature

Best Short

Special Screenings

In partnership with Australian Film Television and Radio School, we are delighted to host number of special screenings of films at the AFTRS theatre in Moore Park. The last film by Iranian Master Abbas Kiarostami and a documentary on the Oscar winning film The Salesman and Farhadi’s cinema is part of this program.

Panel Discussion

We are delighted to host a panel in partnership with University of New South Wales and The Australian Film Television & Radio School. Panel members are Dr Michelle Langford, Dr Afshin Forghani, Elham Naeej and Dr Hadi Nojoumian.  The discussion will be after the screening of Soheila No. 17  and A Blink of An Eye on 02 September 2018 at 2:40pm.

Sensuality and Desire in Iranian Cinema

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution of 1979, the film industry was subjected to a process of purification. For almost four decades, explicit treatment of sex and sensuality has been forbidden from Iranian films. This has greatly affected the ways that intimate relationships are represented, with men and women forbidden from touching, and sensuality couched in abstract, poetic terms. However, in recent years, more filmmakers have tested the boundaries of Iranian censorship and have dared to allude more explicitly to sexual relations. This panel will discuss how contemporary Iranian filmmakers working both in Iran and the diasporas deal with this topic.

Official Selection


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