DEFC (Documentary & Experimental Film Center)

DEFC (Documentary and Experimental Film Center) is the main center for production, distribution and promotion of fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films in the Middle East.

In the last few years we have produced and promoted first and second feature-length films of young and talented filmmakers, among them: “Bitter Dream” ( Mohsen Amir Yousefi) 2 prizes in Cannes 2004, quinzen des realisateurs and selected and won prizes in more than 40 international film festivals; and “Writing on the earth”

( Ali Mohammad Ghasemi ) selected in Venice 2006 Critics’ Week and in more than 10 international festivals.

DEFC produces about 25 long feature and 300 short films per year.

In Iran, annually about 80 feature and 2500 professional and amateur short films are produced.

Right now, DEFC co-produces documentary projects and features with foreign producers and TVs.

DEFC provides film festivals, film markets, TV Channels, theaters, universities, institutes and other organizations, which are interested in Iranian fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and feature films.

We are also interested in buying documentary and short films from other countries.

 The feature films produced by DEFC participated in many international film festivals and won the prizes such as: A light in the fog by Panahbarkhoda Rezaee in: 13th Pusan International Film Festival, New Currents (Korea-2008),

32nd Goteborg International Film Festival (Sweden-2009), UCLA (USA-2009),

63rd Edinburg International Film Festival (UK-2009),

5th edition of the International festival of Muslim cinema «Golden Minbar» (Russia-2009) won three prizes, Best director, Best actress, Best Director of Photography, Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival (Turkey-2009),

Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Australia-2009) ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY, Ali Mohammad Ghasemi

Among the clouds by Rouhollah Hejazi in: 27th Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada-2008), 13th Pusan International Film Festival, a Window on Asian Cinema (Korea-2008), Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA-2009), 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands- 2009), UCLA (USA-2009), Alba International Film Festival (Italy-2009), 16th Titanic Budapest International Film Festival (Hungary-2009)

The documentary film "Trucker and the fox" participated at many festivals such as: Chicago (USA- won the Golden Hugo), Vision du Reel (Switzerland), Flahertiana (Russia- won the Jury Special Award Prize), Lussas Film Festival (France)

The Fiction Film "Glimmer" participated at many film festivals such as: Clermont-Ferrand (France- won the Jury Special Award), Arci Pelago Film Festival (Italy), Shorts Short Film Festival (Japan), Med Film Festival (Italy)

The documentary film "Second leads" at IDFA (The Netherlands)

DEFC participates at the International Film Markets such as Cannes, IDFA, Clermont-Ferrand, Berlin and … every year.

  Documentary & Experimental Film Center (DEFC) organizes "Cinema Vérité" Iran International Documentary Film Festival, in Tehran- Iran.

The festival tries to express the relationship between reality and truth through documentary films.

 For more information please contact us:

Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC)

 Seyyed Mohammad Mahdi Tabatabaei Nejad, President

Shirin Naderi, Head of International Affairs and Marketing 

 Leila Hosseiny, International Affairs & Festival Coordinator

 Tel: +98-21-88511326

Fax: +8-21-88528318