In 2014, NIFF saw the highest audience turnout in the festival's history. For more than a week, carefully curated films moved, inspired, educated and delighted audiences in Los Angeles.
The culminating event, a star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony at the Skirball Center, brought together Hollywood notables with the elite of the Persian community. Producer, Bob Yari, presented actor, Shaun Toub, the 2014 Reza Badiyi Achievement Award for his many years of work in the film indusry. During the award presentation Jon Favreau, Alex Gansa, Aasif Mandvi, Gerard Senehi and Nazanin Boniadi congratulated Shaun through recorded video messages.
2014 celebrity judges included: Mahnaz Afshar, Omid Abtahi, and Catherine Dent.