LACMA Rings in Persian New Year with Shorts Fest

Farhang Foundation gala spotlights Iranian heritage through film, video and animation

The fifth annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival will kick off a weekend of events celebrating Nowruz (Persian New Year) on Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“With the best picture Oscar win for ‘Argo,’ Iran in pop culture and cinema is at an all-time high,” said Farhang trustee and fest committee chair Mark Amin, CEO of Sobini Films. “Each year’s submissions, which come to us from the U.S., Iran, many parts of Europe and the Far East, remind us of the universal language of the cinematic arts.”

The six films competing for prizes will be screened and an awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Leo S. Bing Theater. Cash awards will be given to the top three films. The six films are “And We Pass By” (Iran), “Distant Words” (Australia), “Karbafi” (Iran), “Khourosh Ali Khan: Jazz Fusion in Iran” (U.S.), “Namaki “(Iran) and “Rostam in WonderLand — Sohrab’s Blood” (Iran).

All six films will screen again Sunday at LACMA, as part of the Nowruz celebration, which also includes music and dance performances, artwork and Persian food.

Tickets to the awards ceremony and reception are $35 for LACMA members, $45 for non-members. More information is available at lacma.org/event/film-festival or at farhang.org.

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