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  The 8th Sahar International short film festival 2021


Festival took place online on Saturday 24th July to 31st July 2021


The 8th Sahar



June 24 2021  

Submission Form


  • Short Films from 1 minute to 30 minutes with All genres and themes  are considered.


  • All the Short Films which have been produced in the past years will be considered but Priority is with films which released since Jan 2019.


  • All the short Films or Videos must at least be in HD format and have all essential permissions for copyright in all material included in the Film or Video. 


  • The Films which produced to promote Tourism, Religion, specific political parties purposes are not considered.


  • All Short Film Links from Drop box, Vimeo and YouTube with open download button required.


  • All Films which officially selected  will be downloaded on Sahar International Short Film Festival YouTube channel and will be open for streaming on SISFF 2021 website.

  • -  All Films which will be selected, those will be presented with the SISFF 2021 Online Certificate of appreciation.


  • No Fees Required but Donation accepted.

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Cinema about Children
Gals & Pals
Lost Souls
Film For
The Youth

 Welcome back to The Sahar International Short Film Festival For The 8th Edition through the ongoing global crisis still will be encouraging Short Filmmakers by continuing our creative activity.
In Summer 2021 we plan to hold our Online Festival. All the Themes and genres accepted.
This year same as last year we produce a Free Festival.  
The Filmmakers are invited to send their short HD Film Link directly to saharfilmfestival@gmail.com


Sahar International Short Film Festival provides a platform for  Young and Emerging, professional and talented Filmmakers to showcase their cinematic talents.

This Festival created in September 2014 and The producer and Management Team are: Mandana & Sahar Ansari and Martin Gleeson.

Thank you to all distributors who participated and collaborated with us.

Thank you to Aimee Belmore the Editor in Chief of chain of Newspapers including Saddleworth Independent  in North west of England.

Welcome to our World



 Welcome back to our regular supporters in 2020

The 6th & 7th Sahar International Short Film Festival which aims for non - commercial purposes will be held online on 15th Dec 2020.

Welcome back to our regular supporters.

 Since late last year we all were faced with a global crisis, that makes us more than ever to feel lonely. To experience horror and fear of death, because of catching that unknown illness. We miss visiting each other, talking closely together, greeting and shaking our hands, embracing and kissing our faces .... all relationship that was part of normal life with this crisis has been forbidden for us. Now we need to find another way to bond with each other firmly and appreciate internet and social communication, which make us still able to visit each other even from far distance. From behind our computer monitors, or our mobile phones, we still need to attend to each other’s creative work, Film, Photography, Performance and etc... We still need to spend our time to watch each other’s art and film the world they created, to understand their point of view, to praise each other. Art is therapy which enables us to survive more than ever. Therefore, for this purpose we would like to socialize together at the same time on 15th December in the Name of Sahar International Short Film Festival 2020 to watch only Fifteen short Films from talented artists to professional Filmmakers who dedicated their life for their films. They are all from different sides of our global village, participating with our festival. Their short films carry different words which they kindly share with us. Their stories have different themes and genres. Some of them are for children and for those who still keep the inner child soul alive.

 Other ones are about children and the young generation. Their challenge of life and the ways they could pass through it.

Mandana Ansari

The Chief Executive and Creator of Festival

The 7th Sahar International Short Film Festival in 2019 & 2020


Short Films About and For Children

  The Sahar international Short Film Festival is proud to host it's Sixth and Seventh Editions in 2020.

  On this journey we were honored to be accompanied by young, talented and emerging art filmmakers, and provided them a platform to present their brave ideas.

  Some of them with their way of story telling broke boundaries and clichés. 

  For 2020 we would like to focus on Young generation with theme: "Cinema about and for children and young people". 

  We ask the filmmakers to produce a short film about children and for children and young people, which looks at their world, and maybe returns us as an adult to our childhood Fantasy, Dreams and wishes which flew with the wind!


All the Films which have been screened at Sahar International Short Film Festival

2019 - 2020 (Online streaming)

  • Synchronize

Director: Atena Mahmoudi


Audience: + 18

  • Hegmataneh  

Director: Ali Zarekar


Audience: + 15

  • “2 to 4 WATCH “

Director:  Ali Zarekar  


Audience: + 18

  • “Layers”

Director: Ankana Pal

– India

Audience: +15

  • “Stop it”

Director: Sanaz Safaei

– Germany

Audience: + 18


Director: Richard Wan Kum Wah

- Singapore 

Audience: All ages particularly for Children

  • “That is the way to show the world”

Director: Richard Wan Kum Wah

- Singapore 

Audience: All ages particularly for Children


  • “Café, Irani Chai”

Director: Prof. Mansoor Showghi Yezdi

– India

Audience: +15

  • Darjeeling – A Celebration of Solitude

Director: Amartya Bhattacharyya​

– India

Audience: All ages

  • “Life in Lockdown”

Director: Eshan Harash

- India

Audience: All ages

  • “Jayadrath Vadh”  (The day he died)

Director: Abhijeet Sarthi

- India

Audience: + 15

  • “ Rishtey “

Director:  Mahesh Kapoor

- India

Audience: + 12

  • “Father of your Son” (AMA KA NG ANAK MO)  

Director: Romm Burlat

- Philippine

Audience: + 18

  • Attention Grabbing (AGAW PANSIN)

Director: Romm Burlat

- Philippine

Audience: + 18

  • Twist Of Fate (BALIKUKO) – Philippine

Director: Romm Burlat

– Philippine

Audience: + 18


On Saturday Third of November

edition FIVE of THE sahar international

short film festival 2018

At the Millgate Art Centre , Manchester United Kingdom


International Category

 Film Title       Director      


       - CAVE (FHUKPA) by Pasang Dawa Sherpa -   14'

        - CONFORT TV by  Ivan Valencia   -  10'

     - DREAM OF THE LAKE by  Arnau Olive Valls  -  30'


     - Kampung Tapir by  Awse wee   -  8'


          - Semantics by   Aroop Dwivedi   -  4'

- Joint Sahar Critic  Award to:  Farida  by  Mohamed Zouaoui  -  15'



 Contemporary Iranian Cinema

The road will never end by  ATENA MAHMOUDI 2017   -  34



Sahar Audience  Award to:  Scar by AMIR HOSSEIN BASSIR  2018   - 5'

Sahar Critic  Award to:  ZIBA by  HAMIDEH MOEINFAR 2017   -  7'

Thank you for participation with us.

All screening fees for Iranian films paid to MAHAK charitable organization in IRAN: https://mahak-charity.org/main/index.php/en)



On Saturday 25th of November

edition FOUR of THE sahar international

short film festival 2017

At the Millgate Art Centre , Manchester United Kingdom

International Category

  Film Title            Director        



- Altrove (Elsewhere) by Alessandro Sala

- Anthar Vimarsha by Jayanth Kumar R

- Fighting for the wild by Desislava Kadra


 - Another empty space by Davi De Oliveira Pinheiro

- Joint  Audience Award to Bus Story by Jorge Yudice ruiz - Tomas


- For dog by Md Ariful Islam


- Joint Sahar Panel of Judges Award to Identity by Juan Carlevaris


- Imagine by Abishak Anand


- Joint Sahar Panel of Judges Award to Rattling fan by

Pasang Dava Sherpa


- Semiotics by Aroop Dwivedi


- Joint  Audience Award to The Drunkard's walk by Pol Armengol


- Today's Dream by Kaushik Mandal 


- Walking on water by Abraham Jacob


- Working late by David Gilbank

 Contemporary Iranian Cinema

- Demon Akvan by Milad daemi-Soraya khodagholizade


- FOOT STEPS by Noushin Meraji


Sahar Critic  Award From Hasakah With Love by Mohammad Farahani


- Happy Birthday by Meysam Hassaanzadeh


Sahar Audience  Award  The Servant by Farnoosh Abadi 


- Boat Raising Sails by Shermin Mojtahedzadeh

Thank you to the Filmmakers who were from the some countries which did not access to pay pal to pay screening fee to us, instead they paid equivalents of £5 to 

The Women Charitable Organization in Their own country.

A short Clip about Earthquake in Kurdistan ,

Photography by Sahar Ansari  and Poetry by Mandana Ansari

Special Programme:

Poetry Night featuring Mandana Ansari Poetry

- Dance by Claddagh Irish adult dancers in Manchester

- Presentation Award

 On Saturday 24th of June 2017  

edition THREE of THE sahar international

short film festival

At the Millgate Art Centre , Manchester United Kingdom

Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami

International Category:

- Artemis by Header D. Freeman


A Silent Scream" by David Viscota


- Cactus by Catherine Philips


- Curry Fish Head by Srinivas Bhakta


- Dark Dreamer by Max Poinschowski


- For One by Mathieu Rivolier


- Hoblio by Piero Tonin


"I am Sorry" by Teodor Kuhn


- Little Jaques by John Davide


- No End by Josephine Massarella


- Normal by Vadim Lasca


- Oracle by Mohsen Pourmohseni


- Omar by Safaa Alobaidy


- Pigman by Rik Gordon


-Pit Stop Loving by Noam Osban


The Human Mirror by Marc Nadal


- The Mandrake by Nasrin Bechir


The Ride by Werner Bohnen 


- The Vast Landscap by Lea Vidakovic


- Valtula the whirl wind by Shyam Sundar Chatterjee

 Contemporary Iranian Cinema

- Hands and shoulders by Ali Moghadam


- Oracle by Seyed Mohsen  Pourmohseni Shakib 


- Play Ground by Hossein Tabatabayee - 30 '


- Strik by Ardavan Tarakameh


- Then I Found Out by Pichak


- The Black by Hamideh Moeinfar

Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami


- Poetry night : featuring the poetry of Abbas Kiarostami

   Special Screening:

   - Certified Copy by  Abbas Kiarostami - Feature Film 


- Talk about Abbas Kiarostamy art style by Jafar Panahi

     (by exclusive Video)

Master Class about introduction of Film making by John Crumpton


On Saturday 24th of June 2017  

edition THREE of THE sahar international

short film festival

At the Millgate Art Centre , Manchester United Kingdom

Premiere :

-Bamboo Lawed by Bidit Roy

-Birds with Human Heads by Max Wilde


-Sahar Audience Award: He's Mine by Daniel Daigle


-Lava Beds by Filomena Rusciano


Sahar Audience Award: Love  Zambies by Alexander Manlov

-Lava Beds by Filomena Rusciano

Sahar Audience Award: Love  Zambies by Alexander Manlov


-Then I Found out by Pichak


-Transitions by Ana Barroso


-Ugly but Good by Jordan Wong


-What I know by Quincy Davis


-When the Drama Ends by Quincy Davis


On Saturday 23th - 30th of April 2016, at the Millgate Art Centre & Oldham Library, Manchester United Kingdom

edition two of the sahar international

short film festival 

International Category:

Circa  by  Steve Fairclough  


Best Animation: JUNK GIRL  by  Mohamad Zare

KEECHADPANTI   by Anant Keni

Sahar Audience Award: Lonely Continent by Mandana Ansari

To the top by Tizan BuchS

"OLE LUKØJE "by  Gemma Day

Two Roses by  Elder Ibarrondo

"War" by  Nilesh Bell Gorsia  

Warp & Weft  by Amir Houshang Moein & shalale kheiri


We can't live without cozmoz by Konstantin Bronzi

Sahar Audience Award: Why by   Vahid Monjezi

 Contemporary Iranian Cinema

Norouz: Seven Regards"  by Mehdi Yarmohamadi

"Earth's Disheveled Tress" by Mehdi Yarmohamadi

Sahar audience Award: "It is Winter" by Sepideh Mirhoseini

Best Director: The Wind Will Tell Something  by Ali Mardomi

Best Screenplay: "Remaining piece of Taste of cherry" by Javad Chardoly

(Hello Memoirs) by  NoushaSaidi

Sahar audience Award: (Experiment) by Mohammad Reza Minapour

Treasure  by  Hosein Rabie

Best Documentary: The Migratory Birds by Hosein Dadgar

Blue eyed boy  by Masoud Soheili

"3 Days later ...Nagasaki"   by Hamed Aslany

"Southen Mehrabad"  by Amin Ashrafi

"Life if only to live" by Mahor Majlesy

"Cafe, Street Walkside"  by Meysam Hasanzadeh 

"Mirage" by Javad Pour heydari


2014 - 2015 

the First edition of sahar international short film festival

On Saturday 21th of Feb 2015, at the Millgate Art Centre , Manchester United Kingdom 

            COMPETITION  SELECTION          


   Film Title            Director          Duration Time                     Film Title                 Director              Duration Time


            NON COMPETITION  SELECTION          


   Film Title                 Director                Duration Time          Film Title                 Director            Duration Time



  Aligning With You      Eugene Tang            - 11:46         


 Delta                          John Schultz            -  9:48


 Deja Vu                       Soul Minor              -  4:57


 Dream of Eve               Mandana Ansari      - 10:00


  Envy                         Ashley Belgrave       -  8:53


 Felicity’s Story             Mary Carroll           - 12:49 


 Hedda                        Viraj Vida               - 2:47


 Hunger strike              Mandana Ansari     - 3:00












A Better Place            Moises Romera & Marisa Crespo  - 3:35


Agape                      Chris Strikes            - 12:23


A Mother                   Aroop Dwivedi         - 14:16


An Actor Prepares       Denis Halligan         - 6:44


 Another Planet          Katie Romney          -  2:25


Banshees                  James Starkie          - 3:0


 Benaras                    Amartya Bhattacharyya     - 7:52


Boonrerm                 Sorayos Prapapan             - 16:36


Colour Melody           Tom Chimiak                    - 2:24


 Date with Fate          Venetia Taylor                 - 3:44


Drops of Smoke         Ane Siderman                  -21:35


Eating the Apple         Mert Guler                     - 6:59


Essence                     Martina Mikusova           - 5:04


The Foot Job               Brian Pracht                  - 7:09


Force of Attraction      Eva Sekeresova             - 4:07


Four and Five              Andy Joule                   - 7:06


Gorilla                         Jack Bottomley            - 2:21


Hard Dream                Behrouz Bagheri           - 11:42

Call it Love               Elsy Hajjar                      - 8:45


I Feel Lost                  Juan Manuel Aragon    -  12:54

Image                        Yousef Jafary       -  3:39

In Front Of The Spider   Marc Nadal         - 13:22

Hero for Hire          Diane Choi    -9:14

Invisible Hope      Theresa Khalil  - 11:44


Life in Between      Jones Levenson     -16:52 


Slow Ascent                Nikki & Matthew Swift  -6:36


Spore                         Matthew Dombrowski  -1:03


T.E.A.R.                         Jenny Longworth      -5:19


The Right to Remain Silent     David Hennessy   - 9:52


  Us and Them                      Sam Karamyani  -  3:35









I’ve Just Had a Dream     Javier Navarro     -  7:25

Coffee                          Sonja Petrovic    - 9:51


Kids                            Denes Ruzsa & Fruzsina Spitzer - 4:08


Lila                                Carlos Lascano    -  9:09

Love You Still                 Michael Viers       -  11:01


M is for Macho               Jose Pedro Lopes    -  3:33


Mono A Mono (Hand in Hand)        Ignatio Tatay  - 7:05


Moments                       Chris Cronin     -  5:45


Photographing Richard Serra by Gillian McIver   -  8:01

Pink Shells                      Or Sahar     - 10:29


Sara                               Hamid Taheri   -  10:04


Shame and Glasses        Alessandro Riconda   -  7:08


Sisters                           Lea Vidakovic   -   7:48


The Cage Bird                Ashraf Shishir    -  13:47


The Cheater Day             Bartosz Warwas   - 33:15


The Illusion                    Mohammad Reza Hanafi  - 2:04


The Race Card                Audrey Noone - 6:04

The Riddle                       Fidae Sbaai    - 14:55

The Sound of the Road  Barzan Rostami    - 2:25

The Rebel, The Soltier and the outcast - Andrew Pengilley - 10:00


Transformation               Ueuk Engin Can   - 5:23


Welcome to Bavaria        Matthias Kobmehl  - 11:23


Willing                           Joe Pisciotta     - 17:16

When The Pile Is Crooked     Shaneika Johnson/ Simms  - 8:02


The 5th Sahar International Short Film

Festival 2018 Highlight

oldham library address :

cultural quarter Oldham OL1 1AL United Kingdom

Getting to  Oldham Library:

by Metrolink
The Metrolink route through the heart of Oldham drops you just two minutes from the door! From Oldham Central station head towards Sainsbury’s car park and almost immediately you’ll see the building.

by Car
The nearest car park is Southgate Street pay and display. There is 3 hours free parking on a Saturday. More details about town centre parking