The winners of the 2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival were announced on Saturday, March 22, 2014, during the 6th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Award Ceremony & Reception at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) before a live audience at the museum's Leo S. Bing Auditorium.Over 500 guests were in attendance, including VIP’s such as Bita Milanian (executive director, Farhang Foundation); Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Sand and Fog”) and husband Houshang Touzie (“Argo”); Shaun Toub (“Iron Man,” “Homeland”); Juror and actor Navid Negahban (“Homeland,” “24”); Mark Amin (film producer and Farhang Board member); Maestro Shardad Rohani (Award Winning Composer); among many others.The festival kicked-off the two-day Nowruz Celebration, which is known to draw thousands of guests every year. This celebration at LACMA is the largest Persian New Year celebration in the United States.The Festival's first place winner was Mr. Mean (Aghaye Past) (Canada) by KAJART, earning the top prize of $10,000.K-von Presents: "A Splash of Nowruz" (USA) by Kevan Moezzi & Steven Gute came in second place and won $5,000.Third place winner and the recipient of $3,000 was Lady with Flower-Hair (Khanum-e Gol Mikhaki) (Iran) by Sarah Tabibzadeh.Rounding out the top six submissions of this year's festival were Brain of Terror (USA) by Kathreen Khavari, Bride of Rain (Iran) by Ako ZandKarimi, and The Legend of Gheysar (USA) by Amirali Haghayeghi, listed in alphabetical order."Since our very first Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival, we have been driven by the belief that the cinematic arts are a perfect forum for visualizing Iranian heritage and celebrating its most universal themes," said Mark Amin, Farhang Foundation trustee and Chair of its Film Committee. "With over 100 submissions received from all over the globe, including the United States, Iran, Canada, and Italy, it appears that we are not alone in this belief. We congratulate all participants, especially our finalists, whose works were among the best we have seen over the years."All submitted films were judged by a jury that included film industry veterans, scholars, including Mark Amin (Chair), Nazanin Boniadi, Hassan Ildari, Hamid Naficy, Navid Negahban, and Mahnaz Newman and Farhang Foundation's Board of Trustees. Decisions were based on artistic merit, originality, creativity, storytelling, production value, and visualization of Iranian heritage. Views expressed by the filmmakers do not represent those of Farhang Foundation or its Board Members and Management.About KAJARTKAJART is an animation production studio, based in Toronto, Canada, formed by four friends (Hajar Moradi, Kajeh Mehrizi, Taravat Khalili, Vahid Fazel), who discovered they share a similar taste of art. KAJART ended up creating some unique visual artworks as they discovered each other's different talents and skills. Their passion towards music and film has led them to mainly focus on producing short animated movies and music videos.About Kevon MoezziKevan Moezzi - If you can't be Persian, at least try to be 'Half '. That's what standup comedian K-von did. With his multi-cultural humor, he's been able to connect with and make audiences of all ages laugh across the US and internationally. When not on stage, you can catch him in one of his many TV and movie appearances. He's just as busy behind the scenes writing, producing, & directing a number of projects including his 1-hour comedy special TANX GOD! and upcoming documentary, NOWRUZ.About Sarah TabibzadehSarah Tabibzadeh was born in 1984, in Tehran, Iran. She has BA in Graphic Design from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran and MA in Tarbiat Modarres, Tehran, Iran. She is the designer and manager of "Sarah Product" since 2002. Her first animation "Lady with Flower-Hair" has won several international and national prizes in 2013 including the Second National Prize at the "8th Tehran International Animation Biennal", the Special Prize of Jury & selected as the best animation by audience "Accorto Di donne" in Italy, and the Best Animation "Short Film Festival" in Mexico.About Farhang FoundationFarhang 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. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation.
Published on Mar 28, 2014