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History

The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) is the first annual Iranian film festival competition occurring outside of Iran. NIFF was created not only to serve as a platform to express an appreciation for the art of filmmaking, but also to shed light or "noor," or light, on Iranian culture and heritage, as opposed to how it is commonly portrayed in mainstream media.

With current political conversations surrounding Iran and Hollywood's recognition of filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, now more than ever before, the Noor Iranian Film Festival sees the great importance of providing an open platform for filmmakers to express themselves, to help create dialogue on a global scale, and to build a community of Iranians and non-Iranians alike, who will together help preserve and promote the beauty and essence of Iranian culture throughout the ages.

The 2016 Noor Iranian Film Festival will take place October 21-29, 2016 in Daytona Beach and Orlando, Florida.

 

2010 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2015 Festival

The 2015 (8th Annual) Noor Iranian Film Festival originally scheduled for October 2015 was officially been postponed to 2016.
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2014 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2014 Festival

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.
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2013 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2013 Festival

At the 6th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival 27 films were presented from filmmakers around the world. For seven days, the NIFF hosted premieres, networking events, and panel discussions, culminating in the closing night Awards Ceremony held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
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2012 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2012 Festival

In August 2012, the 5th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival took place in Los Angeles and was the largest in Noor history with over 25 officially selected films from filmmakers around the world.
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2011 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2011 Festival

In August 2011 the festival resumed after its 2010 hiatus and once again continued to spread awareness of Iranian cinema and filmmakers. Judges included Oscar-nominated sound editor, Iranian-American Kami Asgar (Apocalypto), Corey Feldman (Stand By Me), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Bai Ling (Anna and the King), and Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan).
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2010 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2010 Festival

Normally "the show must go on" but sometimes compelling reasons warrant a theater to be "dark". The fourth annual Noor Iranian Film Festival was to take place May 2010, but was postponed for a number of reasons, including financial considerations and the civil unrest in Iran following the controversial presidential election.
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2009 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2009 Festival

The 3rd Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival occurred in May 2009 and featured submissions highlighting the theme of "Generations."
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2008 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2008 Festival

Utilizing the same format as its inaugural year, the 2nd Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival took place in May of 2008 with submissions centered on the theme of "Celebrating Women."
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2007 Noor Film Festival Program Cover

2007 Festival

With an amazing red carpet debut, NIFF first launched in 2007, making it the first Iranian film festival competition to occur outside of Iran. Focusing on the theme of "Tolerance," in its inaugural year, NIFF received over 400 submissions from Iranians around the world.
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