Sahar Festival returns to Oldham with films from around the world

A RANGE of films from around the world will be showcased at the fifth Sahar International Short Film Festival 2018 at Oldham Library on Saturday, November 3.

The Festival consists of 12 short films from Iran, Italy, India, Spain, Nepal and Singapore, which will be shown in the library’s performance space from 12noon-4pm.

The films vary in length from four to 34 minutes and have been created by 11 talented and innovative emerging filmmakers, and are suitable for people aged 15 and older.

They cover the genres of fiction, animation, comedy, and psychological thriller with the themes of feminism, anti-war and migration, love, and domestic violence.

The Festival is being organised once more by Mandana Ansari, Sahar Abolghasempour and Martin Gleeson.

The programme will open with ‘The Road Will Never End’ by Atena Mahmoudi and ‘Dream of the Lake’ by Arnau Olive Valls in the non-competition section.

Then there will be a half-hour break before the competition section will be started with the contemporary Iranian cinema and international categories.

There will be a short speech and a question and answer session, followed by voting time and then the announcement of the winners.

The films included in the festival are:

Iranian cinema:

  • ‘The Road will Never End’ by Atena Mahmoudi
  • ‘The Calling for Father’ by Hamidreza Mazraeh Khatiri
  • ‘Ten past eleven’ and ‘Scar’ by Amir Hossein Bassir
  • ‘Ziba’ by Hamideh Moeinfar

International cinema:

  • ‘Cave’ by Pasang Dawa Sherpa from Nepal
  • ‘Comfort TV’ by Ivan Valencia from Spain
  • ‘Dream of the Lake’ by Arnau Olive Valls from Spain
  • ‘Farida’ by Mohamed Zouaoui, Moroccan Director from Italy
  • ‘Kampung Tapir’ by Awse wee from Singapore
  • ‘Semantics’ by Aroop Dwivedi from India
  • ‘The Beetle At the End of the Street’ by Joan Vives Lozano from Spain

For more information visit the Sahar International Short Film Festival website:

Tickets are free of charge but please reserve your seat by emailing:

The Festival is produced by Cyrus the Great Production Ltd and supported by Unite the Union at Diodes in Oldham.

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