NIFF is proud to announce Reza Sixo Safai as one of three judges for the 2016 Noor Iranian Film Festival.
Reza Sixo Safai co-starred in the 2011 Sundance Audience Winner CIRCUMSTANCE, prompting the Huffington Post to declare that he “deserves to be a frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar." The film went on to win key awards at OUTFEST, Rome, Madrid and NYC New Fest, in addition to earning a Spirit Award Nomination for Best Film. Since Reza's short film THE MARIO VALDEZ STORY took home 2nd place at Cannes and the award winning short A BETTER PLACE THAN THIS became PBS' flagship film, he has been a mainstay in the US indie film scene as both an actor and producer in many films including MEET ME IN MONTENEGRO, PREVERTERE and SHAH BOB. The first film from his newly minted shingle Black Light District, which he co-founded with his partner in crime Daniel Grove, was the Sundance sensation A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the world's first Iranian Vampire/Western that made many top 10 lists for 2014 including Newsweek, The New Republic and Salon. In addition to winning a Gotham Award, the film received Spirit Award Nominations for Best First Film, Best Cinematography and the "Someone to Watch" Award. Along with Elijah Wood, Reza executive produced and played Rockabilly.
His latest film THE LONER, a stylish neon-noir thriller set in the opium underworld of Tehrangeles premiered at TriBeCa 2106 to raves. He assayed the titular role and produced. His next leading role will be in the French/Thai co production A BETTER PLACE THAN THIS, a feature adaptation of the award winning short. The script was an SFFS/KRF finalist along with Sundance winner FRUITVALE STATION and SXSW winner SHORT TERM 12. Reza acts and produces with Daniel Grove handling directing duties.