Resistance International Film Festival is regarded as one of the most prestigious international film festivals in Iran.
The goal of the Festival is to create an atmosphere of dialogue, understanding of current human sufferings, and to share experiences and new ideas.
The three-fold mission is to:
1- Create an atmosphere of dialogue by recognizing activists and filmmakers.
2- Foster the human spirit of brotherhood, peace, and resisting oppression.
3- Use the language of film to fight terrorism and violence.

Filmmakers around the world are welcome to submit documentaries, short and feature, and animated films relevant to the festival topics.

International Thematic Focus:
o Double standards in western human rights approach
o Soft war and infiltration of the global imperialism in the different domains
o Media and cyberspace (Threats and opportunities)
o Threats posed by global imperialism, terrorism and International-Zionism
o The Resistance of the People in Palestine, Yemen, India, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Bahrain, Kashmir, Bosnia, etc.
o Tribute to martyrs of the resistance
o Health defenders (Global gratitude for COVID-19 healthcare workers)
o Combatants without borders
o Islamic Awakening

Resistance Festival Grand Award for the best filmmaking talent; the festival trophy, an honorary diploma and cash prize to encourage and aid the filmmaker for their next film.

Features:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Film
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Director
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Script
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Special Jury Prize

TV-Movies:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best TV Movie
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best TV Movie Director
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best TV Movie Script

Short Films (Fiction):
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short Film
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short Film Director
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short Film Script
* Note: The short films with a maximum running time of 30 minutes are eligible for this section.

Feature Documentaries:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Feature-length Documentary
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Feature-length Documentary Director
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Feature-length Documentary Script
* Note: All the documentary films with the running time from 46 to 90 minutes are eligible for this section.

Short Documentaries:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short-length Documentary
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short-length Documentary Director
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short-length Documentary Script
* Note: All the documentary films with a maximum running time of 45 minutes are eligible for this section.

Animations:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Feature-length Animation
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short-length Animation
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Animation Script

Music Videos:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Music Video
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Music Video Director

Film Scripts:
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Film Script
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best TV Movie Script
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Short Film Script
Festival Trophy, Honorary diploma and Cash Prize for the Best Adapted Script

o The films MUST be new or have been completed after January 2018.
o Submit your film via FilmFreeway and/or moqavematfilmfest.ir.
o Submitting films is free of charge.
o Entrants can submit as many films as they wish.
o The entries must be produced and/or directed by the submitting filmmaker(s) or responsible party with ownership rights. The entrant is considered as the party with ownership rights.
o Screening right fees will be paid for the entries that are premiered at the 16th Resistance International film festival.
o The high-quality full version of the films must be sent to the festival office via the internet (a download link)
o Sending the full version of the films via mail is also possible. Send two copies of the film (2DVDs) to the festival office. The entrant is responsible for shipping costs.
o All non-English submissions must have English subtitles. It is recommended that entrants send the subtitle files separately.
o The entries must not have logos and/or watermarks.
o The full version of the films must be in DV, HD, or Full HD formats.
o Once a film is submitted, it cannot be taken out or returned.
o Accepted entries will be announced by October 26, 2020. Each entrant will be contacted so make sure the contact information you provide is accurate.
o Filmmakers or responsible parties whose films are selected will be invited to attend the festival according to the festival regulations. And those whose films are not selected are welcome to attend the festival and take part in the workshops and panel sessions free of charge. The festival office will facilitate their visa process and will pay 30% of the accommodation fees.
o The films which have already been submitted to compete in the festival in the previous year’s CAN NOT participate in this year’s festival.
o A Certificate of Participation will be granted to participants whose films are accepted to compete in the festival.
o Each entry MUST be accompanied by the following:
Director's photo, posters and official pictures of the film, the film dialogues and synopsis along with the director's biography in order to be published on the festival website and in the festival booklet.
o The festival office is allowed to use up to 5 minutes of the footage of the submitted films on websites or the national TV for promotional purposes.
o The festival office is not responsible for any damage caused to the films due to mailing/shipping services.
o The submitted films will not be returned and they will be kept in the festival film bank for educational and research purposes.
o In case of questions, disputes, misunderstandings, and unforeseen issues, the decisions of the directors of the Festival are final.
o Further information on the professional panels, workshops, the international members of the jury, and special guests will be announced on the festival website.
o Films made in/from Israel are not eligible to enter.
o The festival office will decide on any unpredicted issues.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • ZAIRI MALIKA

    Fantastic festival, and very hight hospitality ... It's for me the best festival i did !
    Thank you for all, hope to join the event in 2017
    Amazing festival, every filmaker should to have this fantastic experience

    May 2017
  • Mazin Sherabayani

    Great to be a part of the festival, communication were fantastic and real good festival.

    October 2016
  • Mohammed Almughanni

    It was really amazing to attend!

    October 2016
  • Tom Hayes

    The festival is held in a beautiful multi screen venue near a large public park. The facilities are excellent. A floor f the building is devoted to a media center, and filmmakers get a lot of attention and national air. The festival staff are fantastically accommodating and they run a tight organized ship. Nearly all of the staff are multilingual, so translation is not a problem, regardless of where you are from. The filmmakers that attend are all focused on issues of human dignity, freedom, anti-colonialism, and justice. So they are a great crowd, and much fun to hang with. There wasn't a stuffed shirt among them. The Resistance International Film Festival was a tremendous experience.

    October 2016