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Iran film festival faces membership suspension and withdrawals amid unrest 

The Tehran International Short Film Festival’s credibility hangs in the balance after the international Short Film Conference found its board supportive of “disgraceful government actions” during the Iran uprisings and suspended its membership in response.  
An Iranian arrives for the opening day of the Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF) in the Iranian capital on Oct. 19, 2021.

TEHRAN — The 39th edition of the Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF), which is the oldest of its kind in Iran and the region, kicked off Oct. 19 in the Iranian capital amid controversy surrounding its timing and the board members’ attitude toward the anti-government protests since the death of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in religious police custody Sept. 16.

During the weekend before the festival, an international association of the short film industry, known as the Short Film Conference (SFC), lashed out at TISFF for what it called support of the Iranian government’s measures against protesters. 

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