What is Farsi Cinema Center?

Farsi Cinema Center is a Toronto-based nonprofit, nonpartisan platform connecting the Farsi film industries of Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan with the rest of the world. As the premier worldwide initiative devoted to Farsi cinema, its focus is on creating the space for networking, idea exchange, and collaboration among filmmakers, producers, talent, distributors and executives in film.

Tackling Tradition with Mahnaz Mohammadi
“I define the situation around today's society as a deterrent, and believe that others make decisions for women. My dad always said life is like a rough road and it is our job to pave the way for ourselves and others. The stories in my films are not just transient events but a way to convey the passage of my passage to those around me.”
still from Retouch by Kaveh Mazaheri
The Overlooked Talent of Short Filmmaking
Despite being overshadowed by feature films, film festivals also serve as major catalysts and promoters of short films. With special competitions in the most prestigious of festivals, new and emerging filmmakers are able to experiment with innovative storytelling and make a name for themselves in the increasingly competitive film industry through short filmmaking.