2020’s film festival scene is all set to begin with the 9th edition of ÍRÁN:CI in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from January 15–31, 2020. This week, we take a look at the festival’s striking lineup.
As new year celebrations come to an end, FCC takes a minute to reflect on the biggest moments of the past year. With a growing team and fresh perspectives, FCC takes a look back at the strides made in 2019, and offers a glimpse into what’s in store for 2020.
Gearing up for its ninth edition, the festival teamed up with the newly-opened Screenshot in Prague to host a lively warm-up to the festival earlier this month. The bustling event showcased one internationally-acclaimed feature, one breathtaking documentary, and nine sensational shorts.
“I am very proud of being Iranian, proud that Farsi is my first language, proud of my country, my people, my heritage, and proud of our accomplishments. I want people in the West to understand who we really are. We are not this broken, damaged, pathological narrative that is too often perpetuated in the mainstream.”
Iran’s cinematic history is a treasure trove of hidden gems, waiting for the world to burrow into. While narrative feature films are among some of the most coveted within cinematic communities, Iran’s filmography of documentaries is a wealth within itself.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) kicks off today, and will be screening more than 300 films over the next 11 days. With films from over 72 countries, this year’s lineup features nine titles representative of the Farsi-speaking region.
“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.”
For those of us peering into the constantly transforming world of Afghan film, it is no surprise that the country has reached a moment where film has become a mode of celebration among the masses.
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.