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Iranian filmmakers receive the EDN Award 2010


EDN has announced that The EDN Award 2010 is presented to IRDFA – Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association. IRDFA receives the award for their outstanding contribution to the documentary culture.

Mahboubeh Honarian representing IRDFA & Hanne Skjødt, EDN

EDN has chosen to honour IRDFA with the EDN Award 2010 to recognise the impressive work the organisation has done since it was founded in 1998. IRDFA has established a strong national organisation to unite the Iranian documentary sector and made sure that the documentary film as a genre and an art form has been recognised by public film and funding bodies. IRDFA has also worked strongly to help Iranian documentary filmmakers and their films to travel around the world as well as making documentary makers from around the world travel to Iran.

Upon presenting The EDN Award to IRDFA EDN Network Manager Hanne Skjødt said:

The EDN Award was initiated to honour outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture. However, we have chosen to expand the geographical focus of our award a bit. We want to honour an organisation outside Europe that has done a remarkable job in uniting, structuring and promoting their national documentary sector. Considering their outstanding contribution to the development of the documentary culture the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association was an obvious choice for the EDN Award 2010.

The EDN Award 2010 was presented today, March 19 and was accepted by Mahboubeh Honarian on behalf of the whole IRDFA organisation. The award ceremony was held during the EDN workshop Docs in Thessaloniki. The workshop is held in the framework of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century.


The Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA) is the first directors’ guild in Iran to focus on documentary filmmakers. It was founded in January 1998 within the Iranian “House of Cinema” establishment and alongside other cinema guilds.    The IRDFA is an independent and non-governmental organization whose main goal has always been centered on regulating the behavior of governmental organizations with regards to investment in and distribution of Iranian documentary films.

Relying on the ability and knowledge of active documentary filmmakers, the IRDFA pursues the following goals: 

  • •    guild support for independent documentary filmmakers
  • •    providing motivation and solutions to deal with problems in the profession
  • •    creating an atmosphere for communication between documentary filmmakers and other cinema guilds.

The IRDFA has around 300 members in the field of directing and producing/directing of documentary films. It is a center where films are screened and documentary filmmakers can undergo training in Iran, and also an important organization in terms of making cultural and artistic contacts with other centers in the world.