Fajr International Film Festival Rules & Regulations


Article 1- Aims

Set in the heart of Iran’s capital city Tehran, Fajr International Film Festival pays tribute to quality local and international films. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and showcases films promoting artistic contribution to the medium. Moreover, the festival also pays special attention to films that seek justice, defend the oppressed and underline humane and moral values.

The festival focuses especially on films from the Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasus and Anatolia as well as works heralding peace and friendship as true teachings of the holy prophets.

The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held from April 21st to 28th, 2017 in Tehran, under the supervision of well-known Iranian filmmaker, Mr. Reza Mirkarimi.

 

Article 2- Eligibility and Formats

The world premiere films are of high priority.

Accepted formats: Non-encrypted DCP, Apple ProRes 4444 or Full HD File (plus a blu-ray backup) with English subtitles.

Date of completion: 2016-17

Eligible films for Main Sections:

  • Feature films (fiction, documentary, animation) of at least 70 minutes running time, intended for theatrical release.
  • Short films (fiction, documentary, animation) of at most 15 minutes running time.

All films have to be registered at online film entry in the festival website (www.fajriff.com).

The submission form must be completed by the producer or international distributor of the film.

In case of any international screening, Iranian films will not be included in the main sections of the festival.

International films, already premiered in the Middle East and Central Asia (with the exception of the country of origin), will not be selected for the main competitive section.

In case of submission in previous editions, the film is not eligible to be submitted again.
Article 3- Selection Process and Programming

The Festival Director selects and officially invites films to participate in the festival.

The Festival Director might use the consultation and recommendations of filmmakers and film experts for the selection and invitation of the films and guests.

All films submitted to the festival may be considered for all sections unless specifically instructed by the applicant.

The duly completed online entry form with tracking code as well as the previewing versions for selection must reach the Festival Office before the assigned deadline (March 10th, 2017).

Fajr International Film Festival

Address: Unit 2, No. 276, Khajeh Nasir Toosi St., Shariati Ave., Tehran 1611785116, Iran.

Tel: +98 21 77644566 / 77644680

E-mail: prog@fajriff.com

The eligible formats for previewing and selection purpose are downloadable links (Vimeo, Dropbox, or ftp), DVDs or blu-rays.

Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme.
Article 4- Programmes

Festival sections are categorized as follows:

Main Sections:

  • International Competition
  • Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries
  • Festival of Festivals

Parallel Sections:

  • Restored Classics.
  • Docs in Focus.
  • Special Screenings (retrospectives and memorials).

Special Events:

  • Darolfonoun (Talent Campus for Iranian, Regional and World Young Filmmakers).
  • Student Lab (in Universities).
  • Workshops and Seminars.

 

Article 5- International Competition

There will be at most 15 feature films for inclusion in this section. No more than 3 Iranian feature films will be included in International Competition.

There will be a maximum of 15 short films for inclusion in this section. No more than 3 Iranian short films will be included in International Competition.

 

Article 6- Juries

International Jury:

The festival will designate at least five jury members for the International Competition.

Asian Film Awards Jury:

The festival will appoint at least three jury members for the Asian Film Awards. The Award Nominees will be selected from all the films reflecting Asian culture and lifestyle in Asia, Central Asia, Caucasus and Anatolia, included in the Competition and Panorama sections.

Other Juries:

For additional awards, the Festival Director may designate members of other juries.

Individuals that have direct ties with the production or exploitation of a film are not to be on the Jury team.

 

Article 7 – Awards

Feature Films in International Competition:

  • Golden Simorgh for Best Film (awarded to the film director) + Iranian Rials 400.000.000 Cash Prize (jointly to producer and director)
  • Silver Simorgh for Best Director + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize
  • Silver Simorgh for Best Actress + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize
  • Silver Simorgh for Best Actor + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize
  • Silver Simorgh for Best Script + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize
  • Silver Simorgh for Special Jury Prize to Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories of camera, editing, music score, costume or set design + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize

In the verdict of International Jury, the prize list must not contain joint awards and no film can receive more than two awards.

Short Films in International Competition:

  • Silver Simorgh for Best Short Film + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)

Asian Film Awards:

  • Trophy for Best Asian Film (awarded to the film director) + Iranian Rials 200.000.000 Cash Prize (jointly to producer and director)
  • Trophy for Best Asian Director + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize
  • Trophy for Best Asian Short Film + Iranian Rials 50.000.000 Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)

In the verdict of Asian Film Awards Jury, the prize list must not contain joint awards and no film can receive more than one award.

Muhammad Al-Ameen Award for Reflection of Prophetic Ethics and Morality (for one of the films selected for the main sections of the festival):

  • Trophy + Diploma of Honor + Iranian Rials 100.000.000 Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)

Other Awards:

  • Inter-Faith Award + Iranian Rials 50.000.000 Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)
  • NETPAC Prize + Iranian Rials 50.000.000 Cash Prize (awarded to the film director)

(NETPAC “Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema”)

The payment of Cash Prizes will be based on the currency rates available during the festival period.

  • Article 8 –Documentation

Complete documentation for each selected film is to be made available to the Film Department when required. All the needed documents are mentioned in the online film entry.

 

Article 9- Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

The Festival Director will settle any case that might arise unexpectedly.

Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned rules & regulations.

Article 10 – Key Dates

Online Submission Opening Date: October 1st, 2016

Online Submission Closing Date: February 28th, 2017

Deadline for Receipt of the Previewing Materials: March 10th, 2017

Festival Dates: April 21st to 28th, 2017

  •  Fajr International Film Festival

Address: Unit 2, No. 276, Khajeh Nasir Toosi St., Shariati Ave., Tehran 1611785116, Iran.

Tel: +98 21 77644566 / 77644680

E-mail: prog@fajriff.com / film@fajriff.com

Address: No. 2454, Valiasr St., Tehran, Iran - ZIP Code: 43631-14348
Tel : +98 (21) 88194248-88194253-88194257