MEDIA RELEASE November 2013
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA RELEASES RECORD AUDIENCE FIGURES
The Iranian Film Festival Australia (IFFA) has capped off a highly successful third year with an impressive 75 per cent growth in attendance numbers.
Since its inception in 2011 the festival has entertained thousands of Australians from Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney bringing them closer to Iran, its culture and its stories.
Festival co-director, Anne Démy-Geroe said: "We are very pleased with the increase in attendance this year and with the involvement of Payman Maadi I believe it was our most successful to date. He added an extra dimension to the festival, bringing audience’s one step closer to the films and the people who are responsible for opening the doors into Iran.”
The main focus of festival directors, Anne Démy-Geroe and Armin Miladi, has always been to showcase a diverse range of the best and most interesting films.
“This year, we extended the festival program even further to include one short film, eight features and two documentaries to the program,” said festival co-director Armin Miladi.
There was something for everyone this year ranging from the 2013 Silver Bear award winning film, Parde to Makhmalbaf's, The Gardener, which received the 2012 Golden Award at the Beirut International Film Festival. Audiences also had access to award-winning Snow on Pines, whose actor-turned-director, starred in A Separation (recipient of a myriad of awards including A Golden Globe and Academy Award).
This year also saw IFFA establish the Netpac Award, an international award, which was given toThe Wedlock. The 2013 Audience Award was presented to Rhino Season.
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