The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) was created to bridge the gap between Iranian and non-Iranian communities. Our goal is to shed "noor," or light, on Iranian culture through the medium of cinema. The festival also aims to cultivate and promote Iranian-American talent in Hollywood.
NIFF allows filmmakers to create dialogue on a global scale, express themselves, and to build a community of Iranians, and non-Iranians, that will help preserve and promote the beauty and essence of Iranian culture.Read more
Catherine Dent is thrilled to be returning to Noor Film Festival where her short film, Silk, was nominated last year. A native of Baton Rouge, Catherine is most known as the tough but vulnerable street cop, Dani Sofer, on the acclaimed FX series, The Shield. She made her film debut opposite Paul Newman in, Nobody’s Fool, and has since been in many notable films such as 21 Grams, Auto Focus, The Majestic, and Someone Like You.
Mahnaz Afshar was born in Tehran on June 11, 1977. After graduating college, one of her relatives who was the Theater Affairs Assistant in "Soureh" college introduced her to "Hannaneh" Art institute. Having studied video editing in the following years, she participated in assembly job of "Ketabe Avval" training materials, directed by Darioush Mehrjooii. Later on, she was invited by Ms. Shamsi Fazl Elahi to act in a TV series called "Gomshodeh" (Lost) directed by Mr. Masud Navaii, making this her first acting debut.
The festival is now in it's 7th year. So far it's been personally funded and operated by the co-founders, but it's time to take it the next level. We need your help to truly anchor NIFF in the community and ensure it will endure. Through this campaign you can purchase your tickets to this year's festival while supporting it's efforts to raise money. Regardless of where you live in the world, you can contribute to our campaign.