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SISFF 2018

 Sahar International Short Film Festival is an independent and self financed Festival, organized by Cyrus The Great Production Ltd.

 Mandana Ansari, Sahar Ansari and Martin Gleeson are Creators of the Festival. 

The income of the organization is entirely from the personal resources of this Family.

 Mandana is freelance digital filmmaker (Film Director, writer and producer) Journalist, Cyrus the great production ltd's owner and President of this Festival.

 Sahar Ansari is Mandana's daughter. She  is creative director and Iranian President of this festival.

  Sahar is a professional Artist in Iranian Cinema TV and Film industry. She worked for a decade with Mohsen Darsanj Nominated for several awards as Make up Artist. Their latest Cinematic Feature film is "Astigmat" which screened in 2018 in many cinemas across IRAN.


  Martin Gleeson is an engineer and senior organiser of Sahar international short film festival. These family members run the Sahar International Short Film Festival.

The Panel of Judges






The 5th Edition of  Sahar International Short Film Festival  2018 Jury Panel 



Bijan Tehrani

  A film director, film critic, and writer work as founder and Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language & History of film workshops and organizes film screening events and festivals. Bijan has won several awards at international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children’s books and is in the process of publishing a few new children books and directing two documentary films. He is based in America.


The 4th Edition of  Sahar International

Short Film Festival 2017 Jury Panel 

The 3rd Sahar International

Short Film Festival Jury Panel 

The 2nd Sahar International

Short Film Festival  Panel of Judges


When the Filmmakers were  in some countries which did not have access to pay pal, The Sahar International Short Film Festival management team ask them to pay  (it depends on the duration of their films)  equivalent of  £10 or £5 ... to a woman's charitable organization in their own country.

Charitable activity

2018: Mahak

2017: The woman's charitable organization

2016: Mahak


2015 : SISFF TEAM  is proud to dedicate  profit from SISFF 2015  to NGO LAND OF SUN  



Sahar in The First Year press




By Saddleworth Independent

Your online version of the award-winning newspaper



Sahar International Short Film Festival, Delph, 21st February 2015

First ever Sahar short film festival delights audiences in Delph



  The first ever Sahar International Short Film Festival delighted audiences with films from freelancers around the world at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph last month.


  The festival offered around 60 films in all genres from filmmakers from Europe, Asia, America and Africa throughout the day.

  Non-competition films thrilled viewers while the audience voted at the end of the day for their Best Films.

  The winners were Hunger Strike by Saddleworth filmmaker and Festival Director Mandana Ansari, The Right to Remain Silent by London-based David Hennessy and Life Inbetween by Jones Levenson of the USA.

  The awards were presented by award-winning Manchester writer Billy Cowan, who interviewed the successful directors on the stage at Millgate Arts Centre.

Hunger Strike is a 3-minute drama based on the true story of Iranian Green movement human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh.

  The Right to Remain Silent is a 10-minute drama which David Hennessy told the audience is based on an original script by him inspired by a book he read which explores the effect on relationships caused by a prison sentence.

  Life Inbetween is a drama featuring a philosophical discussion between an elderly woman and a young intruder to her house.

  Festival director Mandana Ansari said: “The Festival provided a platform for filmmakers working professionally, but with small budgets, to have their work screened.

  “The award winners were selected from 16 films which had not been screened at other festivals. Outside of competition, another 45 films were shown during the day.”

Mandana explained the date of the festival was chosen to coincide with International Mother Language Day as she believes cinema is a strong universal form of communication.

She added: “Short films deserve more attention in their own right and to be taken more seriously by the film industry and audiences.”

  For further information please email saharfilmfestival@gmail.com or telephone 07722351152



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