Founded in 1982, Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) is Iran’s largest annual film festival held in Tehran. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to quality local and international films. Since its establishment, Fajr International Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of the Iranian Cinema. Every year, veteran directors and new filmmakers devotedly present their works in the festival.

Over the years, Fajr has been honored by numerous great film figures who have also worked closely with the festival as respectable Jury Members, such as Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov, just to name a few among other influential figures.

Furthermore, a few of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking films, made by great filmmakers in the prime of their career, that were honored and awarded in different sections of the festival include, MABOROSI NO HIKARI by Hirokazu Kore-eda, LA PROMESSE by Dardenne Borthers, CLOUDS OF MAY by Nuri Bulge Ceylan, 23 by Hans-Christian Schmid, RESSOURCES HUMAINES by Laurent Cantet, NAPOLA by Dennis Gansel, THE RETURN by Andrey Zvyagintsev, LIVES OF THE OTHERS by Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck and so forth.

During different editions of Fajr, brilliant auteur filmmakers such as Costa-Gavras, Francesco Rosi, Theo Angelopoulos, Mario Monicellli, Moustapha Akkad, Darius Khondji, etc… have taken part in the festival and have been presented with lifetime achievement awards.

This year we will celebrate the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.

• 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.

From February 1st to March 1st, 2018, the submissions will be only accepted on

Regular Deadline: February 1st, 2018.

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: 2017-18
Date of Completion for special screening films, midnight screenings, and documentaries: 2016-18

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 form.
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, Central Asia, Caucasia and Anatolia (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.

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 through the website before the assigned deadline (March 1st, 2018). All forms must be signed by the producer.

The eligible formats for previewing and selection purpose are downloadable links, DVDs or blu-rays.

Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme.


Festival sections include:

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)
Midnight Screenings (new approaches to different film genres)
Broken Crescent (films with themes related to the tensions and the changes in the world of Islam)
Retrospective of National Cinemas
Special Events

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

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.


International Jury:

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

Asian Film Awards Jury:

The Festival Director will appoint at least three jury members amongst international cineaste and film experts for the Asian Film Awards.

Note: 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 other members.

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

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.

For more information on festival sections and programs, visit