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Iranian Film Festival Australia

Running from Thursday June 10th to Wednesday June 16th for a special one week engagement at Dendy Newtown, the 10th IFFA begins its Sydney season with the empowering rule-breaking portrait of an out-of-the-box Iranian woman TITI as its opening night film, which includes a glass of sparkling on arrival.

Now in its 10th year, Iranian Film Festival Australia is the only nation-wide Australian Festival dedicated to Iranian Cinema. Our aim is to showcase a diverse range of the best and most interesting of current Iranian cinema - one of the world’s most exhilarating national cinemas - and through cinema to introduce Iranian culture to other Australians, providing a better cultural understanding.

IFFA commenced in 2011, opening with A SEPARATION straight from its Berlin Golden Bear win and before its Oscar win. It has since expanded from three to six of the major capital cities of Australia. Many Iranians consider IFFA the key Iranian cultural event in Australia.

The past year has been such a difficult year for the cinema industry and specially for festivals due to limitations caused by COVID-19 pandemic. But, we did not lose hope. We are thrilled that although with some delay we are finally able to present to you the 10th edition of IFFA. We look forward to seeing you in cinemas for some great films from Iran.

Ticket Prices

Opening Night $30.00
Adult $22.00
Student $17.50
Senior $14.50
Club Dendy Adult $18.00
Club Dendy Student $15.00
Club Dendy Senior $12.00
5 Film Pass (Available at the Box Office Only) $88.00
8 Film Pass (Available at the Box Office Only) $135.00

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3 Puffs

R18+ Drama

Mojtaba and Nasim are a young couple who just had a baby. They are not rich and they reside in a poor area in the south of Tehran, yet they are relatively happy. Mojtaba sells disposable plastic dishes and Nasim makes plastic dolls at home. One day Mojtaba gets in an accident and Nasim does all she can to save her family in his absence. But, things change when she finds out that her beloved husband is actually dealing drugs in order to make money and that he has lost his job for more than a year now. Mojtaba owes a big chunk of money to the drug lord. Nasim finds herself in a difficult situation. To save her husband, she has no choice but to sell the remaining of the drugs herself.

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Bandar Band

MA15+ Drama

After a long time, some Iranian women singers are going to enter an unofficial competition in a coffeeshop in Tehran. Pregnant Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. They still keep their hopes alive, however every road they take leads to a deadend in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.

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Careless Crime

MA15+ Crime

Forty years ago, during the uprising to overthrow the Shah's regime in Iran, protestors set fire to movie theatres as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theatre was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive. Forty years have passed and, in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn a cinema down. Their intended target is a theatre showing a film about an unearthed, unexploded missile. Will past and present meet?

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Chicheka Lullaby

MA15+ Documentary

A music and anthropological documentary. Chicheka Lullaby pictures the life story of the influential musician of south of Iran, Ebrahim Monsefi. He was an alternative artist in challenge with his society who lived a creative life with a strong sense of humor combined with depression. He died 20 years ago in poverty and drug addiction but created 100s of lyrics and recorded more than 200 songs with a small cassette player.

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Cinema City

MA15+ Romance Comedy

Join us for the international premiere of CINEMA CITY, a homage to the history of Iranian film! Davood is a cinema projectionist who loses his job at the onset of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The revolutionaries burn down the theaters and Davood who loves movies is forced to set up a home theater in his basement. During this time he also falls in love with Elham, who is the daughter of a hardcore revolutionary. Her father is strongly opposed to cinema and does not approve their marriage...

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Drowning In Holy Water

CTC Drama

Rona and Hamed are two young Afghans who are in love with each other. Searching for a better life, they have decided to immigrate to Europe but they have to make a big decision to make it happen, a decision that relates to their religion and beliefs.

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Sebaloo

MA15+ Documentary

Sebaloo is a documentary about Mahmoud Bardaknia who plays percussion instruments and lives in the south of Iran, Bushehr. His ancestors arrived in Iran as slaves long years ago. The movie portrays the effect of the African people of color on the music history of Bushehr in the past one hundred years.

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The Truck

MA15+ Drama

A Yazidi woman and her two children manage to escape from ISIS massacre. Helped by a truck driver, they go to Tehran looking for her husband who is apparently in Iran looking for a job…

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The Wasteland

MA15+ Drama

A remote brick manufacture factory produces bricks in an ancient way. Many families with different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems. Forty-year-old Lotfollah, who has been born on-site, in the factory supervisor and acts as go-between for the workers and the boss.

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Titi

MA15+ Drama

A hospitalized, critically ill physicist, working on a theory about black holes and the end of the world, meets a rather eccentric hospital housekeeper named TiTi. Though single, TiTi is acting as a surrogate mother for an infertile couple in order to serve humanity and raise money to build a small room of her own. When the physicist falls into a deep coma, TiTi, raised by Iranian gypsies and possessing supernatural powers, performs a strange ritual to save him. This is the start of an odyssey; an odyssey that changes their lives forever.

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Yalda

MA15+ Crime

Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1972, Massoud Bakhshi has worked as film critic, scriptwriter and producer, before making 12 documentaries and short films which were awarded internationally. His first feature film A Respectable Family was selected at Cannes Film Festival 2012 (Quinzaine des réalisateurs). Yalda, a night for forgiveness is his second feature film, selected at the Word Cinema Dramatic Competition Sundance Film Festival 2020 and at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14+ Competition 2020.

Presented by Daricheh Cinema.