One of Los Angeles' most intriguing cinema scenes - the 8th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival - will be held at LACMA on Saturday, Sep. 24. More than 180 films from around the world were submitted. The six finalist films will be screened at the festival, and three winners will be announced, which will receive top prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.
There will be a red carpet with established and emerging filmmakers, artists and influencers in the Iranian community and beyond. Vying for top honors, the six finalists include: The Cunning Tailor (Director Rashin Kheiriyeh), Fan (Director Ali Delkari), From the Eastern Lands (Director: Sarah Tabibzadeh), The Last Tar (Director: Yashin Nahani), Nowruz (Director: Mohammad Hadi Khosrokiani), and A Visual Journey Through Iran: Sistan & Baluchistan (Director: Ebrahim Mirmalek).
The festival will be hosted by standup comedian K-von, himself a former winner of the festival. K-von received rave reviews on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and has appeared on Showtime, "Disaster Date," and "Good Morning America."
All films are subtitled in English. Trailers to the six finalist films can be enjoyed on this page. Tickets for the film festival and after-party festivities are $35 for LACMA members and $45 for the general public. Visit FarhangFilmFest.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. Over this festival's history, the Farhang Foundation has granted over $120,000 in cash prizes.
The Evening's Timeline:
6:00 p.m. - Red carpet arrivals
6:45 p.m. - Film program begins at the Bing Theater, LACMA
8:30 p.m. - Exclusive reception, featuring must-see DJ Arin, the resident deejay on Tapesh TV, and of Club Tapesh, specialty cocktails and catering by Patina at Los Angeles Times Central Court.