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The Invisible Pilot, HBO Max

The common view that actual events are more compelling than fictional stories is rarely translated into documentary programs. The HBO documentary series THE INVISIBLE PILOT produced by Emmy award honoree filmmakers Phil Lon and Ari Mark delivers this message. Central to the three- part program is the life story of 81-year old Gary Betzner. The program covers his professional accomplishments, financial success in many areas, his numerous marriages with large families, and his tim...

A Hero, Review: On the see-saw of truth and lies

A Hero, Review: On the see-saw of truth and lies Out on parole, a jailbird becomes a hero overnight, without lifting a finger. It wouldn’t be much of a story if it ended there, and it doesn’t. There are twists and turns, quite like a suspense thriller, only here there is no murder nor any serious crime committed. That’s the operative word. Serious. Is lying a crime? Is repeated lying a serious crime? Is lying to garnish a truth a very serious crime? Iranian master Asghar Far...

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan Iranian film Killing the Eunuch Khan (Koshtan-e Khajeh in Persian), by director Abest Abed, is in contention for the coveted ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India, an award given to the IFFI film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. It portrays a serial killer’s apparently insatiable quest to slaughter others, to...

It's Showtime @ the 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

  Tickets on Sale Now! Films . Schedule/Tickets * Due to the current pandemic situation, and the safety of the attendees, the Iranian Film Festival will be VIRTUAL this year, presenting a record-breaking 60 films at its 14th annual event, September 18-19, 2021. The on-Demand option [VOD] is also available from September 20 to 26, 2021. The films range from fiction, documentary, animation, shorts, m...

IFFI 51, 50: Ramin Rasouli’s The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night is based on four true stories

IFFI 51, 50: Ramin Rasouli’s The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night is based on four true stories “The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night tells the story of four different lives, driven by different emotions, each person having struggles which are different, yet intertwined. There are many stories around us, both good and bad. I found four stories, and put them together for this movie.”  Director Ramin Rasouli was speaking about his IFFI 51 Film, which he says is based on t...

9th Varesh Int'l FilmFest to display Azeri anthropological films

    Mansour Jahani - The anthropological films of Azerbaijan Republic will be screened in the 9th edition of Varesh International Film Festival slated to be held in northern Iran.   Organized by Mazandaran Culture and Islamic Guidance Department and Cinema Organization of Iran, the festival is slated to be held in this northern province on late April.   The main focus of the festival is on the five Caspian Sea littoral states and the Persian language, the common herit...

Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

Iranian Film Festival (IFF) is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world.

IFF is a platform for the Iranian filmmakers living around the globe to express their vision and talent through the artistic medium of film.

Iranian Film Festival (IFF) was established to celebrate the Iranian film and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

IFF is open to all genres: fiction, documentary, short, music video, animation, student...


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