Directed by Sonia Haddad, the short film narrates the story of a girl named Sadaf who has forebodings for the exam she is going to take.
But today, instead of going to school, she must deliver a package of illegal drugs to a client and gets caught in a weird cycle of events.
‘Exam’ has grabbed awards such as the AFI fest award which made the title qualified for the short film category of the Oscars 2021 and the 35th Sundance Film Festival in the US honored the flick’s star Sadaf Asgari with the Special Jury Award.
Scheduled to go on screen at the Loudoun Arts Film Festival in the US and the Figari Film Fest in Italy, Haddad’s work received a special mention at the 21st ShorTS International Film Festival in Italy and Best Short Award at the 42nd Créteil International Women's Film Festival in France.
The flick has competed at many galas, including the Landshut Kurzfilm Festival in Germany, the Annapolis Film Festival in the US, the Film Fest Sundsvall in Sweden, the Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival in the US, and the Skepto International Film Festival in Italy.
The Dieciminuti Film Festival in Italy, the Palm Springs International ShortFest in the US, the Kortfilmfestivalen-Norwegian Short Film Festival, and the Still Voices Short Film Festival in Ireland are the other notable galas that hosted ‘Exam’.
The TIFF is an Oscar-qualifying event and the winner of the Best Short Award will be introduced to the Academy Awards.
Established in 2003, the TIFF is one of the most significant film festivals in Balkans.
The event is a place for different cultures to come together and interact.
The upcoming edition of the festival will be held online due to coronavirus pandemic on September 19-25, 2020.