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Alfred is the imaginary friend of 9-year-old Daniel. They have come to Iran from England to visit.
Daniel’s Iranian grandparents. Dani forgets his imaginary friend. Alfred suddenly finds himself visible to
everyone. He accidentally sees a fat girl who is an imaginary friend too. Since she also has this problem.
They decide to go to an office where they have seen an advertisement. The Office helps imaginary friends
who have lost their abilities and are now visible to everyone.

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    I am the fox
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    I am the fox
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  • Erfan Nazarianpour
    Key Cast
  • Qazal Mirzaee
    Key Cast
  • Shahrzad Alimohammadi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    English, Persian
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  • Student Project:
  • 30th Kids First! Film Festival
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    United States
    July 26, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - farid tahmasebi

Farid Tahmasebi is an independent Iranian filmmaker and cinematographer.
He graduated from Tehran University of Art with a bachelor's degree in Cinematography.
Aysan, one of the short films he shot as director of photography, won several awards, including an Iranian short film association award (ISFA Award). He participated in an exchange programme with the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf where he worked as Cinematographer in the documentary film Black Canvas. He always loved storytelling either through directing or cinematography. The iFriend short film is his latest film as Director.

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Director Statement

2 years ago, I saw my 7 year old cousin playing with his friend named Maloos. I couldn't see his friend but he described every single detail about her. Seemed he was actually seeing her.
Few days later, I read an article about the Imaginary friends. According to the article, most children under the age of 9 have imaginary friends.

So they become separated when the child turns 9. It sparked my interest. What is the exact procedure? Does the kid forget the imaginary friend, or the imaginary just goes away? Is the separation painful for them or is it just a routine?

I Usually put myself in other's shoes in daily life. So I did the same for the imaginary friend and wrote a script based on this dramatic situation.
However the story is about a separation but in subtext the theme is come from a fact which has been making me think a lot these days. The fact that the one who loves less wins.
I want to share my question with the audience; After seeing someone's unkindness and disloyalty we are faced with the dilemma of remaining the same or changing. Which one are we supposed to choose? Most people change but will love exist if everybody changes?