LOS ANGELES – The 8th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) originally scheduled for October 2015 has officially postponed the event to a date yet to be determined in 2016. NIFF operates as a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work.
Citing a deficiency in funds, the Festival’s Director and Co-Founder, Siamak Ghahremani said, “Postponing the festival will give us more time to form strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations and to secure additional corporate and individual sponsorships. We look forward to our return next year.”
The goal of the festival is to shed “noor”, or light, on the Iranian culture and to build a community of both Iranians and non-Iranians through a shared interest in cinema. NIFF also aims to cultivate and promote Iranian talent in Hollywood. Per the rules, NIFF accepts films from Iranian filmmakers, films made about Iran or Iranians, and films that include Iranians as part of the cast or crew.
The organization, the only one of its kind that takes place outside of Iran, saw the highest audience turnout in the festival’s history in 2014. Additionally, submissions for this year’s festival were up by more than 35%. This increased interest from the public and the artists’ demand for an outlet confirmed organizers decision to postpone the event to allow for more time to gain the appropriate funding to allow for a proper platform for the films to be shown.
As a result of the date change, organizers will now accept submissions until October 30, 2015.
A non-profit, non-religious, and non-political organization, the Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) was created to shed light, or ‘noor,’ on Persian culture, helping to express the beauty of a culture that is commonly misperceived due to its portrayal in the media. The festival’s mission is to educate the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. Not without challenges, the festival supports filmmakers whose voice cannot be heard inside of Iran and around the world. For seven days, the NIFF hosts premieres, networking events, and panel discussions, culminating in the closing night Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California. The event is also dedicated to cultivating and promoting Iranian-American talent in Hollywood.