The Iranian Film Festival Australia (IFFA) is excited to be back for its fifth year, shining a spotlight on contemporary life in Iran in theatres across Australia. We kick off in Adelaide on October 9 before moving to Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.
This year’s programme is bursting with contemporary themes and ideas, which until now have rarely been explored in Iranian films. Featuring eleven features and six short films, the programme provides cinephiles the chance to explore the fabric of Iranian identity and discover why it remains the most passionately discussed and one of the most important cinematic movements of the moment.
The changing political environment has influenced the Iranian film industry and this year sees the theme of relationships move to the forefront of the programme. We know you will be curious about the transformation of Iranian cinema and hope that you will once again join us to explore and experience the thought provoking films now coming out of Iran.
The 2015 programme features three first-time filmmakers: new voices and fresh perspectives within the Iranian film landscape. We are proud to open with What’s the time in your world? the first foray into feature storytelling by film critic and documentarian Safi Yazdanian. What’s the time in your world?, starring Leila Hatami and Ali Mosaffa, is a curiously constructed story about the exploration of memory, personal history and perceptions of the past.
The festival closes with Bahram Tavakoli’s I am Diego Maradona, a dramedy about afflicted families from different social and economic levels.
Also screening are nine other films including the edgy Crazy Castle, Risk of Acid Rain, Death of the Fish and Melbourne, which all deal with love, death and eternity.
Tickets are now available, please RSVP to our Facebook to be kept up to date.
Films for all cities
Schedule for New Farm Six Cinemas
Opening Night Gala
The Gala opening at the historic New Farm Six Cinemas will create a true festival atmosphere and festival co-director Anne Demy-Geroe is particularly proud to call it the festival's new home in Brisbane.
"The newly restored New Farm Cinema Complex, one of the few remaining historic cinemas of Brisbane, has quickly become a hub for film culture," she said.
"Its great central location makes it perfect for our burgeoning festival."
As such, we are excited to announce that the opening night gala will be catered with traditional Persian pizza and feature live jazz music from Iranian jazz band The Barbod Valadi Trio.
Born in Tehran, Valadi moved to Australia and has become a fixture of the local scene, forming a wonderful, unique jazz trio.
With a focus on bringing musical cultures together through their art, the band is influenced by Persian music as well as the music of jazz legends Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis.
We hope you enjoy What's the Time in Your World?, complimented by the poetic short, Let Our Men Dance. With all that's in store, the first night of the festival is sure to be a night to remember.
We are delighted to announce that Rouhollah Hejazi (director of Death of The Fish) will also be our special guest. After a Q&A screening and seminar regarding Iranian cinema in Sydney, the thrillingly dramatic Death of The Fish will be screening on Friday the 23rd of October with an introduction by Hejazi and a live Q&A afterwards. This marks the second time one of his films has appeared as part of IFFA. In 2013, he won IFFAs NETPAC award for BEST FILM with The Wedlock.
In wonderful news for both Brisbane and Melbourne, actress Mitra Hajjar from the film The Long Farewell will be our special guest on both opening nights. She will also join us for Q&As after screenings of The Long Farewell.
The Long Farewell is screening on 3:30pm Saturday 24 October in Brisbane
New Farm Six Cinemas, 701 Brunswick St, New Farm, QLD, 4005, Australia
Box Office: (07) 3358 4444
Featuring a variety of mainstream and arthouse titles year-round, this hot venue recently hosted the Queensland Film Festival and the Indian International Film Festival of Queensland.
Ample 'No Limit' Street Parking is available at New Farm Cinemas. Please see the parking map on their website.
Bus: Catch bus the bus right to our door
196 service from Fairfield, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, City, Valley, Merthyr
199 service from West End Ferry, Cultural Centre, City
CityCat: Catch the free city hopper ferry, from North Quay to Sydney Street Ferry Terminal, New Farm. 10 min walk to their door.