7th Annual

Noor Iranian Film Festival

October 17, 2014 to October 23, 2014

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Narrative film submissions (any runtime).
Short film submissions (any runtime).
Feature submissions (any runtime).
Animation submissions (any runtime).


The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF), founded in 2005, is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. The Festival also cultivates and promotes Iranian-American talent in Hollywood.

NIFF accepts films from Iranian filmmakers, films made about Iran or Iranians, and films that include Iranians as part of cast or crew.


Aptly named “Noor,” meaning “light” in Persian, the Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF) makes reference to the key element of “light” used in the art of filmmaking as well as the festival’s purpose to “shed light” on Iranian culture and heritage.

2007 marked NFF’s inaugural year and its Red Carpet Debut established it as the first Iranian Film Festival competition to occur outside of Iran. The first NFF focused on the theme of “Tolerance” and received over 400 submissions from Iranians around the world.

The first panel of judges included Natasha Henstridge (Species), Maz Jobrani (The Interpreter), Harry J. Lennox (Matrix Reloaded & Revolution), Shaun Toub (Crash) and Kyle Secor (Commander in Chief). Through their active participation and the encouragement subsequent Noor Iranian Film Festivals continue to enlighten and inspire attendees.

Utilizing the same format, the 2nd Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival took place in May of 2008 with submissions centered on the theme of “Celebrating Women.” Judges included Rainn Wilson (The Office), Academy Awards Nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog), Reza Badiyi (Mission Impossible), Omid Djalili (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Ever Carradine (24). Selected films from this year were also screened in San Francisco during a satellite festival.

The 3rd Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival occurred in May of 2009 and featured submissions highlighting the theme of “Generations.” In addition to screening selected films, Director Reza Badiyi, who holds the record for the most hours of TV directed by the Directors Guild of America, was honored with a lifetime achievement award. Mr Badiyi’s work includes: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, The Incredible Hulk and The Six Million Dollar Man. Judges included Brooke Adams (Monk), Esai Morales (NYPD Blue), Academy Awards Nominee, Habib Zargarpour (Visual Effects), Rudi Bakhtiar (CNN Anchor), and Ali Pourtash (Stoning of Soraya M). Selected films from this year were also screened in Daytona Beach, Florida during a satellite festival.

The 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival was to take place in May 2010, but was postponed for a number of reasons, including the upraising in Iran. The festival resumed in August 2011 and continued spreading awareness of Iranian cinema and Iranian filmmakers. Judges included Oscar-nominated sound editor Iranian-American Kami Asgar (Apocalypto), actor Corey Feldman (Stand By Me), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Bai Ling (Anna and the King) and Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan). The 2011 Noor Iranian Film Festival Achievement Award was presented to Iranian-American Filmmaker, Bob Yari (Crash, Illusionist, Sideways). Selected films from this year were also screened in Daytona Beach, Florida during a satellite festival.

In August 2012, the 5th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival took place in Los Angeles and was the biggest year the festival had. With over 25 officially selected films from filmmakers around the world. The festival's panel of judges included; Tony Plana (Ugly Betty); one of Iran’s most legendary actors, Behrouz Vossoughi; Award winning Iranian-American writer & journalist Homa Sarshar, actor Navid Negahban (“Homeland,” “The Stoning of Soraya M”) and Emmy® Award winning actor Kristoff St. John (“The Young and the Restless”). Selected films from this year were also screened in Daytona Beach, Florida, Seattle, Washington, and Washington DC during a satellite festival.

The 6th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival took place in October of 2013 in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills. Panel of Judges included; Marshall Manesh, Dennis Haysbert and Faraj Haydari. At the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony The 2013 Reza Badiyi Achievement Award was presented to Academy Awards Nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo by Hawk Koch. The best of festival is traveling to other cities in the U.S.


Sana Sepehri (Producer); Siamak Ghahremani (Director); Siamak Ghahremani (Director)


1. NIFF accepts films from Iranian filmmakers, films made about Iran or Iranians, and films that include Iranians as part of the cast or crew.
2. Please make sure to include your Withoutabox tracking number with your submission.
3. Foreign film submissions must have English subtitles.
4. Films may not be affiliated with any political or religious organization.
5. Films must be available for viewing on digital format (NTSC only).
6. Films may not be released or owned by a sales or distribution company worldwide, unless they have signed an official release.
7. NIFF reserves the right to retain a copy of the film for use with the festival and all other promotional events affiliated with the festival.
8. NIFF cannot be held liable for print/video materials, which may be lost or damaged.
9. Once your submission has been accepted, you will need to provide a high rez (1024x768 px min.) still image from the film, synopsis, and trailer (on youtube or vimeo).


Noor Iranian Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Noor Iranian Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

I have read, understood and agree with the official Rules and Regulations of the competition and hereby request that you read, evaluate and judge said material, of which I am sole author and have exclusive rights and authority to submit the same upon the terms and conditions stated here.

I acknowledge that the Noor Film Festival affiliates and subsidiaries receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts and that there may be similarities between them and the ideas and stories embodied in my material. I agree to release all Noor Film Festival affiliates, judges, sponsors and subsidiaries from any claim I may have should they proceed with any such project. Furthermore, I agree that I am not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by contest affiliates and subsidiaries of any such other material.

I have retained at least one copy of the said material and release Noor Film Festival of and from any and all liability for loss of, or damage to, the copy of the said material submitted to you. I understand that Noor Film Festival will not use the material or any part of, except in connection with the Awards unless you: (1) enter into an agreement with me granting rights to the material, or (2) determine in good faith that I do not own or control the material because features or elements were independently developed by someone other than me who has not granted permission for my use.

If more than one party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I” or “me” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and severally. I have read and agree to all the terms and conditions.