Nahal international student short film festival will be holding its 17th period and is willing to receive films from all around the world. Founded by the students , its biggest purpose is providing a space for students to screen their artwork to an international audience and prove their talents to the world , as it also desires to screen films from international students to form a worldwide connection between Iran and other countries.
Nahal goes on embracing those talented filmmakers who recognize cinema as an art rather than an industry . Nahal is proud to be a road for the students to not only make their works universal , but also ease their way into the main body of cinema and prepare them for the ups and downs of the future .it is also a safe place for the young mind to pour their thoughts in and present unprecedented works and ideas.
Nahal has become the most credible and known festival in the middle east and intends to expand its borders as to form an even bigger circle of connection to proudly host , share and present your masterpieces.

Nahal Film Festival has its origins in 2002 when the students of Tehran University of art found their films rejected in a newly born festival called " Tehran university of art general festival", on a proposal of an independent film festival for students and with the support of Mohsen Hashemi the Ph.D., set up a national short film festival.
The first festival was planned for 2003 and was directed by Mohammad Haddadi hosting eleven films. As the years gone by its quality grew greater and now after sixteen years, Nahal has become an international festival with numerous categories and sections.

Nahal 17
Seventeenth Nahal international festival will be held previewing films of all genres, including documentaries, experimental, animations and short fiction films in the short film categories and three other sections of film posters, film photography and unproduced screenplays. The festival screens and holds the competition in twenty categories among talented student films worldwide. This year's event , is putting its main focus on improving the international section with the motto , "cinema , worldwide language" .

Best Fiction Film
Best Foreign Film*
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film
Best First Year Film
Viewers Choice
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Score
Jury's Choice
Nahal Academy's Choice

Film Directors must be students.

Iran's national submission opens in march 2020

The films are to be completed during the year 2018-2020.

Fees are not refundable.

The films cannot be withdrawn.

Deadline will not be extended.

We will not accept multiple versions of a submitted film.

Any incomplete submissions or uploads will not be accepted.

In case of any copyright violations, all the responsibility and judicial accountability are on the filmmaker.

Submitting your film to the festival means accepting all the rules.

Films must be with a duration of a maximum of 45 minutes for a special screening during the Festival.

The films submitted from outside of Iran will be attended only in best foreign film award*

Technical regulations:

Video Codec: The film must be encoded as an H.264 file.

Supported Extensions/Containers: .mov, .mp4

Recommended Frame Rate: 24fps

Recommended Film Resolution: HD, FHD

All films must have external SRT subtitles in English.

For any additional questions visit the festival's website or contact us via email