Fatemeh Tousi’s short film will compete for an award with a record-breaking 52 films from the US, Canada, South Africa, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.
Produced in 2019 in collaboration with the Iranian Youth Cinema Society, the short film is about teenage Saheb who owns the only American bull of his village. Saheb earns a living by renting the bull to other bull owners for mating.
The 14-minute 'American Bull' has recently won an award at the 1st Dhaka International Youth Film Festival in Bangladesh.
'American Bull' was previously screened at the 65th Oberhausen Int’l Short Film Festival in Germany, the 27th Sguardi Altrove international women’s film festival in Italy, the 2019 Sapporo Short Film Festival in Japan and the 2019 Int’l Amateur Film Festival of Kelibia (FIFAK) in Tunisia.
As the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, the IFF is aimed at discovering and supporting the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world.
Due to the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will be virtual this year on September 19-25, 2020.