Iran Film Initiative

Committee members: Shaghayegh Ghanbari, Mehrdad Nassirian, Babak Parviz, Shahrzad Shams (Chair), and David Woodward


In 2015 the committee members were approached by the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to support & promote Iranian films. The Iran Film Initiative (IFI) was formed with the mission to increase both the number of Iranian films and their audience at the festival. In addition to funding the screening of the films, IFI hosts post-screening events, including lectures by the film delegates sponsored by the University of Washington Persian & Iranian Studies Program.


• Increased the number of Iranian films presented at the SIFF

• Increased the number of viewers within the community at large

• Informed the public on topics related to Iran, Iranian people and our cultural practices and products


Continue to increase community participation and the number of Iranian films at SIFF and provide educational opportunities for the public.

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