GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD

2020 FESTIVAL JURY

FEATURES & SHORTS JURY

The festival’s Feature and Short Jury, Pat Fiske, Dr Romaine Moreton, Rahel Romahn and Helana Sawires will announce the winners of the 2020 GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD for Best Feature and Best Short Film at the closing night ceremony of the 9th edition of the Persian International Film Festival.


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 festival jury will look at the films in competition and will present the Golden Gazelle Award for:

  • BEST FEATURE FILM
  • BEST SHORT FILM

PREVIOUS JURIES

2019 Features & Shorts Jury

The festival’s Feature and Short Jury, Susan Prior, Rachel Ward, Robert Mackenzie, Bonnie Elliott and Mojean Aria announced the winners of the 2019 GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD for Best Feature and Best Short Film during the closing night ceremony:

  • Best Feature: SEVEN AND A HALF directed by Navid Mahmoudi
  • Special mention: AFRICAN VIOLET directed by Mona Zandi Haghighi
  • Best Short Film: TATTOO directed by Farhad Delaram, produced by Dena Rassam
  • Special mention: MANICURE directed by Arman Fayaz

2019 Documentary Jury

The festival’s Documentary Jury, Mitzi Goldman, Megan McMurchy, Stefan Moore and Tom Zubrycki announced the winners of the 2019 GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD for Best Documentary during the closing night ceremony.

  • Best Documentary: SHOUTING AT THE WIND directed by Siavash Jamali and Ata Mehrad
  • Special Mention: BELOVED directed by Yaser Talebi, produced by Elaheh Nobakht

2018 Festival Jury

The festival jury, Ester Harding, Fereydoun Mehrabi, Andrea Demetriades and David White announced the winners of the 2018 GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD for Best Feature and Best Short Film during the closing night ceremony.

  • In the Feature category the jury awarded DRESSAGE by Pooya Badkoobeh
  • In the Short Film category the jury awarded ANIMAL by Bahman and Bahram Ark

2017 Festival Jury

At the Closing Night of the 6th Persian Film Festival the Jury members Rosemary Blight, Ben Ferris, Jen Peedom, Osamah Sami and Rebecca Barry announced the winners of the 2017 GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD for Best Feature and Best Short Film.

  • In the Feature category the jury awarded PARTING by Navid Mahmoudi while giving a special mention to BREATH by Narges Abyar.
  • In the Short Film category the jury awarded SAVE ME by Mohsen Nabavi while giving a special mention to NOT YET by Arian Vazirdaftari.

2016 Festival Jury

5th Persian International Film Festival Jury members Sue Murray, Martin Brown, Helen Panckhurst and Ray Argall announced the winners of the 2016 GOLDEN GAZELLE AWARD for Best Feature and Best Short Film.

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