Annual Festival of Films from Iran


The Gene Siskel Film Center’s Festival of Films from Iran was founded in 1989 and continues as a yearly showcase that spotlights the innovation, resilience, and humanism of contemporary Iranian filmmakers and acclaimed Iranian auteurs. The Festival of Films from Iran serves as a window to Iran and its political, social and cultural world, forming and challenging audiences' perceptions of Iran, while also building a richer understanding of the country and its cinema. The festival would not be possible without the support and guidance of Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago and Festival of Films From Iran Artistic Consultant, and our enthusiastic audience. 

Dates for the 2024 Festival of Films from Iran will be announced in late 2023.