Discovering Iranian arts through films

Film still from Flatland by Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti

FIFA has decided to launch in order to allow this sharing with the art-loving community to extend beyond the current period of confinement. Available online as of this week, this bilingual microsite resembles a sleekly designed Webzine. Alongside the website, it aims to share content specifically created or commissioned by FIFA

After presenting the rich program, Spotlight on Iranian Art Films, at its 38th edition last March, FIFA continues its exploration of Iranian arts and art films on the new web platform, in partnership with MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image. A new initiative, supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, was entrusted to director and curator Leila Khalilzadeh, a Montreal-based Iranian filmmaker who has directed, written, and produced short fiction, animation, and documentary films.

Through a newly-curated selection of films to be accessible on, Leila Khalilzadeh invites us to discover the experiences of pioneers of Iranian film and new generations alike, whose work is unrestricted to any one cinematic convention or mainstream style. Several different genres are presented: cinema, documentaries, as well as animated and experimental short films, which makes for an exceptionally rich and diverse program.


About Leila Khalilzadeh

Leila Khalilzadeh is an Iranian filmmaker based in Montreal. She has directed, written, and produced short fiction, animation, and documentary films. Her films have been showcased at many film festivals and academic and cultural venues around the world, including Berlinale, Festival du nouveau cinema, International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, and UCLA. Khalilzadeh holds an MA in cinema from the University of Art, Tehran, Iran, and is currently completing her MFA in Film Production at Concordia University and writing her first feature film.