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Khosh Amadid!

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.


Ticketing is now available on the National Film and Sound Archive - Arc Cinema's website. Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook as this is where we will upload photos we take on the nights and keep you up to date.

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Schedule for Arc Cinema NFSA


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Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive - NFSA, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601, Australia

Box Office: 1800 067 274


Arc is a 250-seat state-of-the-art screening venue built with careful attention to heritage values and situated within the art deco Northern Exhibition Gallery of the NFSA’s Acton headquarters. Arc features customised archival-quality projection equipment, brilliant audio and a special pre-screening light and sound show that makes the Arc experience unique.

Getting there

The NFSA is situated in the heart of Canberra on McCoy Circuit, Acton, between the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the elegant grounds of the Australian National University. Just a 10 minute walk from the city and state bus interchanges. You are most welcome to call in, perhaps on your way from the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Questacon or the National Library of Australia to the National Museum of Australia. 

Public Transport

On the number 3: Alight at Edinburgh Ave stop and proceed 600m to entrance on McCoy circuit.

For disabled access, alight at Liversidge St stop and proceed 400m to entrance on Liversidge St. 

On the number 81: Alight at Edinburgh Ave stop and proceed 600m to entrance on McCoy circuit.


There is dedicated visitor paid parking on the premises between McCoy Circuit and Ellery Cresent. There is also limited free parking surrounding the building on Liversidge Street.

Earlier Event: October 15