Iranian Independents

Mohammad Attebai

Lahir di Teheran tahun 1962, Mohammad Atebbai mendapatkan gelar master Kajian Film dan sarjana Penyutradaraan Teater dari Tehran University. Ia memulai karier perfilmannya
di Farabi Cinema Foundation tahun 1989; pada saat itu ia telah menjadi penanggung jawab bagian pemutaran film-film Iran dalam festival film internasional selama delapan tahun. Ia meninggalkan Farabi tahun 1997 dan membentuk “Iranian Independents” untuk promosi dan pemasaran film independen Iran di kancah internasional. Ia telah mengurusi lebih dari 200 film panjang dan dokumenter dalam 20 tahun terakhir.

Mohammad Atebbai telah aktif di berbagai bidang dalam industri perfilman Iran selama 30 tahun terakhir sebagai promotor internasional bagi film Iran, agen penjualan, penulis, peneliti, dan jurnalis. Ia juga terlibat dalam kerja sama produksi film seperti The Circle oleh Jafar Panahi, yang memenangkan Venice Golden Lion.

Sebagai jurnalis dan penulis di media Iran sejak 1987, ia telah mengelola Film International, satu-satunya terbitan film berbahasa Inggris di Iran, selama tiga tahun dan kini menjadi anggota dari Iranian Society of Film Critics & Writers. Mohammad pernah menjadi juri dalam sejumlah festival film; mengajar tentang perfilman Iran dalam bahasa Inggris di India, Jepang, Spanyol, Armenia, dan Amerika Serikat; serta menggelar lokakarya tentang pemasaran film internasional dan strategi festival film di Iran dalam banyak kesempatan. Sejak 2012, ia menjadi perwakilan resmi perfilman Iran untuk Venice Film Festival, anggota Board NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema), dan anggota Nomination Council di Asia Pacific Screen Awards selama empat tahun.

 

Iranian Independents

Didirikan pada tahun 1997 oleh Mohammad Atebbai, Iranian Independents telah terlibat dalam produksi, promosi, dan pemasaran lebih dari 200 film panjang dan dokumenter independen Iran yang bergengsi dalam 20 tahun terakhir. Iranian Independents adalah gerakan pertama dalam industri perfiman Iran untuk promosi film internasional yang bergerak di sektor swasta. Gerakan ini lebih merupakan sebuah lingkaran sineas independen Iran ketimbang sebuah perusahaan. Sejumlah sutradara film Iran dapat memperoleh pengakuan internasional melalui Iranian Independents, seperti Manijeh Hekmat, Mani Haghighi, Maziar Miri, Naghi Nemati, Ali Mosaffa, Shahram Mokri, Reza Dormishian, Nima Javidi.

Born in 1962 in Tehran, Mohammad Atebbai received an MA in Film Studies and BA in Stage Directing from Tehran University. He started his film career at Farabi Cinema Foundation in 1989 where he was in charge of the screening of Iranian films in international film festivals for eight years. He left Farabi in 1997 and established “Iranian Independents” for the promotion and marketing of Iranian independent films internationally.

He has handled more than 200 feature and documentary films in past 20 years. Mohammad Atebbai has been active in different fields in the Iranian film industry for the past 30 years as international promoter of Iranian cinema, sales agent, writer, researcher, and journalist. He was involved in the co-production of films such as Jafar Panahi’s Venice Golden Lion winner The Circle, too.

As a journalist and writer on the Iranian media since 1987, he has ran Film International, the only English film periodical in Iran, for three years and is now a member of Iranian Society of Film Critics & Writers. Mohammad has been on the jury of numerous film festivals; has lectured on Iranian cinema in English in India, Japan, Spain, Armenia, and USA; and has held workshops on international film marketing and film festival strategies on different occasions in Iran as well. Since 2012, he is the official representative of the Venice Film Festival for Iranian cinema, a board member of NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema), and a Nomination Council member of Asia Pacific Screen Awards for four years.

 

Iranian Independents

Founded in 1997 by Mohammad Atebbai, Iranian Independents has been involved in the production, promotion, and marketing of over 200 prestigious Iranian independent feature and documentary films over the past 20 years. Iranian Independents is the very first movement in Iranian film industry for international promotion of movies in private sector. It is more like a circle of very independent Iranian filmmakers, rather than a company. A good number of Iranian film directors could achieve their international recognition through Iranian Independents like Manijeh Hekmat, Mani Haghighi, Maziar Miri, Naghi Nemati, Ali Mosaffa, Shahram Mokri, Reza Dormishian, Nima Javidi.

Immortality

Mehdi Fard Ghaderi/145min/2016/Iran/Fiction

Lantouri

Reza Dormishian/115min/2016/Iran/Fiction

Risk of Acid Rain

Behtash Sanaeeha/105 min/2015/Iran/Fiction