About IFFA

Art in 11th IFAA

Festival Director & Co-Founder:

Armin Miladi

Armin Miladi is an Award winning Iranian-Australian filmmaker. He graduated from Australian Film & TV school in writing/directing. In 2010 he co-founded Iranian Film Festival Australia, now in it’s 11th consecutive year. In 2015 he established Daricheh Cinema for the purpose of distributing Iranian Films in North America and Australia. His unique and new distribution model made Daricheh Cinema one of the leading companies worldwide, specialised in distribution and exhibition of both commercial and art-house Iranian films, targeting not only diaspora Iranians but also film lovers around the world, giving them an opportunity to see new Iranian films on the big screen all year round. In 2018 Armin collaborated with Australian Embassy in Tehran as the Artistic Director to present the 1st Australian Film Week Tehran. In 2018 he also founded the 1st Iranian Film Festival New York. Armin’s strong believe in tolerance through cultural understanding has been his driving force for establishing the first Iranian Film Festival in Australia.

Co-Programmer & Co-Founder:

Anne DemyDr. Anne Démy-Geroe is a film curator and lecturer specializing in Asia Pacific cinema at Griffith University. She is an inaugural member of the Nominations Council for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Joint President of NETPAC, the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema and a Co-Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab. Anne was the inaugural Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from 1991 to 2010 and co-founder and co-Director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia from 2010 to 2017. She has curated many regional festivals and international retrospectives. She has served on many international film juries throughout Asia including both India and Iran, was a judge on the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards (Scriptwriting) from 2001 to 2010, and chaired the APSA Children’s Film Fund Panel for several years. A past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive, in 2003 she was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry. She has written a number of articles and chapters on Iranian cinema and her book, Iranian National Cinema was published by Routledge in 2018.

Now in its 11th year, Iranian Film Festival Australia is the only nation-wide Australian Festival dedicated to Iranian Cinema.

Our aim is to showcase a diverse range of the best and most interesting of current Iranian cinema, One of the world’s most exhilarating national cinemas, and through cinema to introduce Iranian culture to other Australians, providing a better cultural understanding.

IFFA commenced in 2011, opening with a separation straight from its Berlin Golden Bear win and before its Oscar win. It expanded from three to five Australian capital cities in 2012.

In 2016, Perth was included in the main circuit of the festival to be covering six major capital cities of Australia. Many Iranians consider IFFA the key Iranian cultural event in Australia.

Many Iranians consider IFFA the key Iranian cultural event in Australia.

.Festival, Co-ordinator

Helia Saadati

.Artwork Designer

Sadegh Zarjooyan, Cat Studio


Sahar Sabaghi


.Melbourne, Festival Co-ordinators

Hamed Juibari

Sara Parkhid

.Sydney, Co-ordinators

Baha Jamali

.Brisbane, Co-ordinator

Leila Soroush

Mitra Mirsaeean

.Perth, Co-ordinator

Majid Sarvi