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The Iranian Short Film Festival winners announced in Los Angeles

A still from Fan, the winner of the top award at the 2016 Iranian Short Film Festival
A still from Fan, the winner of the top award at the 2016 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

Los Angeles, home to the largest Iranian community in the world outside of Iran itself, has evolved into a central showcase for that country’s arts and culture community, especially Tehran’s vibrant filmmaking scene.

A recurring event on the calendar, the 8th annual Iranian Short Film Festival, sponsored by the Farhang Foundation, culminated this past weekend with a screening of the six finalists, out of 180 entries, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater.

Winners of the top three awards along with accompanying cash prizes were then announced to an appreciative sold-out audience.

The top award went to Fan, directed by Ali Delkari, who also received a $10,000 prize. The moving short, about maternal love, shows an old woman who is bustling about trying to fix her ruined tv antenna.

In the nick of time, reception is restored just before the national soccer championship game is about to start. Her urgency it turns out is not about her own interest in the game but about making it possible for her completely paralyzed son, the “fan”, to watch.

Award-winning film and television actress Gohar Kheirandish flew in from Tehran to present the award. Filmmaker Delkari appeared on video from Iran’s capital to accept the prize.

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