The inaugural edition of the festival was held November 27th-29th, 2015 at the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox venue in Toronto's entertainment district. The festival's distinguished guests included actress Sareh Bayat (A Separation, Nahid), actor Hamed Behdad (Crime, No One Knows About Persian Cats), filmmaker Shahram Mokri (Fish & Cat) and actress Shadi Karamroudi (A Very Ordinary Citizen), as well as academic scholars, film producers and critics who hosted panels and discussion sessions. The festival was opened with a gala dinner, attended by distinguished guests such as Soheil Parsa and Mohammad Yaghoubi, as well as the festival's guests.


CIFT 2015: Screening Schedule

I Am Diego Maradona (Bahram Tavakoli, 2015)
Death of the Fish (Rouhollah Hejazi, 2015)
Night Shift (Niki Karimi, 2015)
Confessions of My Dangerous Mind (Hooman Seyyedi, 2015)
Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories (Shahram Mokri, 2009)
Jameh Daraan (Hamidreza Ghotbi, 2015)
I Want to Be a King (Mehdi Ganji, 2015)
Taboo (Khosrow Masoumi, 2015)
Two (Soheila Golestani, 2015)
Oblivion Season (Abbas Rafei, 2014)
316 (Payman Haghani, 2015)
What's the Time in Your World? (Safi Yazdanian, 2015)
 

Sponsors & Partners:

Gold Sponsors: Roya Roosta, Parsai Immigration Services, Iranian Real Estate
Silver Sponsor: Insufin Insurance
Academic Partners: University of Toronto, York University
Community Partners: Iranian Association at University of Toronto, Na Ma Na Cinema, Diaspora Film Festival, Iranian Students Association of Ryerson University
Media Partners: Shahrvand, Salam Toronto