In recent decades, the Iranian cinema has been able to experience a wide and successful presence in the international arena. In this respect, Farabi Cinema Foundation has played an important role in the production and distribution of cinematic works after the Islamic Revolution.
In the 90s, the International department of Farabi Cinema Foundation took the initiative to collaborate with the private sector to distribute films and to establish and strengthen private companies in this field.
Since 2018, more emphasis and focus was placed on the coproduction of films at Farabi Cinema Foundation, which eventually led to the formation of a specialized working group supervised by the international department, which resulted in the experience of coproductions with regional countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Oman, Pakistan, Turkey, and Russia… Moreover, joint agreements and MOUs were signed with countries such as China, South Korea, Russia, Serbia, Japan, France, Bulgaria, Nicaragua…
Furthermore, to encourage and expand cooperation with other countries, Farabi Cinema Foundation has also considered special facilities for co-production projects, which will be provided to interested individuals or non-Iranian film companies. All the administrative affairs of filmmaking in Iran will be followed by the Iranian producer involved in the project so that the co-production process can be done easily and a favorable experience can be achieved for both parties.
The International department of Farabi Cinema Foundation, as a well-known and experienced facilitator, is ready to invest and to provide technical services, manpower, locations and other forms collaborations. FCF welcomes all interested parties to submit their proposals for potential coproductions.
Co-Production Rules & Regulations:
International applicants interested in co-producing a film in Iran, must find a producer or director who is Iranian. The Iranian party will be informed about the main details and regulations. The International party should first submit the following information:
1. General information:
- Production country/ies
- Iranian producers’ name
- Director’s name
- International producer’s name
- Co-producer’s name
- Investors’ name (Person or company)
- Distributor’s name (Person or company)
- Running time
- Shooting format, languages
- Language or languages
- Color/ B&W
3. Financial information:
- Total budget (in Euros)
- Secured financing
4. Project information:
- Logline (max. 60 words)
- Synopsis (max 1,500 words),
- Treatment (max 12 pages) (Script not allowed)
- Director’s statement (max 1,500 words)
- International Producer’s statement (max 1,500 words)
- Iranian Producer’s statement (max 1,500 words)
- Sold territories
- Director’s CV (max 4 pages) includes link to one piece of previous work and most successful recent festival selections and awards
- International cooperation e.g. co-producer, distributor, crew
- Director's visual concept and artistic approach (max. 2 pages)
- Total budget
- Financial plan (1)
- Finance strategy (2)
- Teaser, trailer or any visual material that leads to better understanding of film’s mood (optional).
5. Financial plan:
- A financial plan should explain which financiers you have on board and for which amount. This overview also shows how you are planning to cover the remaining financing; please also indicate any pending applications. You can include all sorts of financiers (producers, funds, awards, etc.). Your financial plan should concern at least your current production phase. If you have a finance plan for your total film available, please include this as well.
6. Finance strategy:
- The finance strategy is a written text, which clarifies the financial plan and should explain your (provisional) plan to finance the film. You can further explain the amounts and status of your financial plan.