Years running: 12 (since 2007)

Cinema Vérité

Iran International Documentary Film Festival.


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


  • International Competition: Short Documentaries,
  • International Competition: Mid-Length Documentaries,
  • International Competition: Full Length Documentaries,
  • Special Screenings,
  • Portrait,
  • Our universe,
  • Mirror of a festival,
  • Panorama,
  • Workshop,
  • Doc market.


  • Best documentary longer than 60 mins. — $5000, Diploma and trophy of the festival
  • Best documentary up to 60 mins. — $4000, Diploma and trophy of the festival
  • Best documentary up to 30 mins. — $3000, Diploma and trophy of the festival
  • Special Jury prize — $2000, Diploma and trophy of the festival


  • Documentaries produced after January 2016,
  • All formats and subjects.
  • Non-competitive section: All the documentaries in all lengths, formats, and subjects produced before 2015 are eligible to participate in "Tribute, Retrospective or Panorama" which is non-competitive sections.

Required materials:

  • a fully completed and signed entry form,
  • a brief synopsis,
  • a CV and a complete filmography of the director,
  • stills and a photo of the director(digital,300DPI,JPG is preferred),
  • press materials (credits, electronic press kit, press book, poster, etc),
  • DVD must be sent by mail or EMS (TNT, DHL...), please specify «No Commercial value, for Cultural Purpose only», (declaring a value less than 20 us $).

The festival invites those filmmakers whose films have been selected for one of the sections, for three to five nights. The festival can afford only accommodation and food costs.

Return shipping cost will be paid by the festival. 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organized by Documentary & Experimental Film Center (DEFC).

  • Shirin Naderi — Head of International Business and Marketing
  • Leila Hosseini — International affairs and Festival Coordinator




Official website



No.15, Ghandi(PALIZI) Sq, Shariati ave,
Tehran, Iran

Tel: +98-21-88511326
Fax: +98-21-88528315


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