Fajr International Film Festival

Iran's annual Fajr International Film Festival (Persian: جشنواره بین‌المللی فیلم فجر‎), or Fajr Film Festival (little: FIFF; Persian: جشنواره فیلم فجر‎), has been held every February and April in Tehran since 1982. The festival is supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. It takes place on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Ninety feature films were submitted for the 29th edition of the festival in 2011.[1]

Fajr International Film Festival
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LocationTehran, Iran
Founded1982
AwardsCrystal Simorgh
Golden Tablet
Diploma Honorary
Festival date1–11 February
20–25 April (foreign films)
LanguagePersian
English
Websitewww.fajrfilmfestival.com, www.fajriff.com

The festival has been promoted locally and internationally through television, radio and webinars; speakers have come from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.[citation needed]

Organizations contributing to the event have included the Farabi Cinema Foundation, Iran film foundation, Press TV, HispanTV and Iran's multi-lingual film channel IFilm.[citation needed] From 2015, the festival has been separated into a national festival in February, which is notable for premieres of the most important domestic movies, and an international one, held in April.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

InternationalEdit

World Panorama:

  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Short Narrative Film
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Technical or Artistic Achievement
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Performance
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Script
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Direction
  • Crystal Simorgh Special Jury Prize
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Film

NationalEdit

  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Film
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Director
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Screenplay
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Supporting Actor
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Supporting Actress
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Editor
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Cinematography
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Composer
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Makeup Artist
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Soundtrack
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Sound Effects
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Sound Recorder
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Costume and Stage Designer
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Special Effects
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best First Film Director
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Documentary
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Documentary Filmmaker
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Short Film
  • Crystal Simorgh for Best Photo

Other AwardsEdit

For all:

  • Golden Tablet
  • Diploma Honorary
  • Golden Flag

Single:

  • Audience Award
  • Golden Banner
  • Inter-Faith
  • Abbas Kiarostami Award

CompetitionsEdit

  • Competition of Asian Cinema
  • Competition of Spiritual Cinema
  • International Competition
  • International Competition of Short Films
  • International Competition of Documentary Works
  • Competition of Iranian Cinema
  • Competition of Iranian Short Film
  • Competition of Documentary Works

JuriesEdit

  • International Competition Jury
  • Competition of Spiritual Cinema Jury
  • Competition of Asian Cinema Jury

Fajr International Film Festival editionsEdit

  • 1st Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1983)
  • 2nd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1984)
  • 3rd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1985)
  • 4th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1986)
  • 5th Fajr International Film Festival (2–12 February 1987)
  • 6th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1988)
  • 7th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1989)
  • 8th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1990)
  • 9th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1991)
  • 10th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1992)
  • 11th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1993)
  • 12th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1994)
  • 13th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1995)
  • 14th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1996)
  • 15th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1997)
  • 16th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1998)
  • 17th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 1999)
  • 18th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2000)
  • 19th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2001)
  • 20th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2002)
  • 21st Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2003)
  • 22nd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2004)
  • 23rd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2005)
  • 24th Fajr International Film Festival (20–30 January 2006)
  • 25th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2007)
  • 26th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2008)
  • 27th Fajr International Film Festival (31 January–10 February 2009)[2]
  • 28th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2010)
  • 29th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2011)
  • 30th Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2012)
  • 31st Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2013)
  • 32nd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2014)
  • 33rd Fajr International Film Festival (1–11 February 2015)
  • 2016
    • 34th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2016)
    • 34th Fajr International Film Festival (20–25 April 2016)
  • 2017
    • 35th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2017)
    • 35th Fajr International Film Festival (21–28 April 2017)
  • 2018
    • 36th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2018)
    • 36th Fajr International Film Festival (19–27 April 2018)
  • 2019
    • 37th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2019)
    • 37th Fajr International Film Festival (18–26 April 2019)
  • 2020
    • 38th Fajr Film Festival (1–11 February 2020)
    • 38th Fajr International Film Festival (16–24 April 2020)[a]

VisitorsEdit

 
Oliver Stone and Reza Mirkarimi at the 2018 Fajr International Film Festival

Over the years the Festival has had numerous film figures attend, some of whom have worked closely with the festival as jury members. These include: Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov and Costa-Gavras.[citation needed]

Boycott of the 2020 Fajr FestivalEdit

Two Italian film directors, Eugenio Barba and Romeo Castellucci, have announced that they will not be attending the 2020 Fajr Festival in Tehran.[4] They made this decision at the request of some Iranian artists who have already boycotted the festival.[5] So far, 139 people, including director Masoud Kimiai[6] and various movie stars are boycotting the festival in a show of sympathy for the families of those killed in the January 2020 Iranian downing of a Ukrainian passenger flight.[7][8][9]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 38th Fajr International Film Festival canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 146. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. ^ Anari, Elham (19 January 2009). "نشست خبری جشنواره فیلم فجر" [Fajr Film Festival press conference] (in Persian). Hamshahri Online.
  3. ^ "Fajr Intl. Film Festival cancels 2020 edition over coronavirus". Tehran Times. 8 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Two Italian Stage Directors Decide To Stay Away From Iran Government Festival". Archived from the original on 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  5. ^ "Iranian Artists, Writers Ask Italian Directors To Stay Away From Government Festival". Archived from the original on 2019-12-25. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  6. ^ Fajr Film Festival: When politics collide with Iran's big screen
  7. ^ Iran Film, Theater, Music Artists, Broadcasters Boycott State TV, Festivals
  8. ^ Iranian Artists, Celebrities Cancel Attendence [sic] in State-run Festivals amid Public Anger over Ukrainian Plane Cover-up
  9. ^ "Iran's Annual Film Festival On Verge Of Collapse After Boycott By Movie Stars". Archived from the original on 2020-02-01. Retrieved 2020-02-01.

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