ÍRÁN:CI 2021


Dear Friends and Fans of ÍRÁN:CI,

We have some good news and some bad news.

First the bad news. It pains us to say that after careful deliberation, we’ve decided not to go ahead with the tenth edition of ÍRÁN:CI this coming January.

We have always strived to bring you a warm and welcoming atmosphere as well as the best films we could get our hands on. Some of the kindest people we could ever imagine became our audiences and together, we spent 9 years watching films, getting to know each other, and embarking on this special journey.

What always mattered most for us was the community; not an online community where like-minded people share things in common, but a physical space where we were able to negotiate our differences; where two very different cultures from the East and the West met and got to understand each other through art.

This has only been made possible through our screenings where hundreds of people from various walks of life come to share new experiences together under the same roof; face-to-face encounters with guests who travel thousands of kilometres just to share their thoughts and stories. 

The energy we’ve received from you over the years, from the smiles, support, and suggestions, disagreements and everything that made the festival experience so much more than just simply watching films, is the fuel that keeps us going. In fact, the real experience of our festival starts when the end credits roll, the lights come on, and hundreds of strangers emerge from the cinemas to share their feelings with each other, with us and the creators of the films. 

Unfortunately, 2020 has been one of the most tragic years we’ve ever experienced. So many innocent lives have been taken away from us and we’ve all gone through a lot of pain. We waited for months and worked very hard to put together our tenth edition; our first real celebration to mark a decade of our friendship.

Sadly, fate had other plans and we find it hard to think of ways we can bring the festival to you in a format we like this coming January. We saw with great respect the tremendous amount of energy and effort that other festivals put into pushing their festivals online and we knew right away that it was not the right fit for us.

We still want to celebrate our tenth edition with you in the way it was meant to be celebrated: in cinemas. And that is why we will be postponing our 10th edition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to January 2022 when, hopefully, life is back to normal for all of us again and hundreds of us can sit next to each other, shoulder to shoulder in our beloved cinemas.

And finally, the good news. In order to keep our friendship intact and strong, we will be putting together a special program presenting you with some of the best films from the last 9 years all throughout 2021; screenings will take place in spring, summer and autumn in our usual rendezvous cinemas. We will keep you updated on this special program as we go along. In the meantime, we will continue to stay patient and hope that we will all meet again very soon.

With lots of love,

The ÍRÁN:CI Team

2020 FESTIVAL GALLERY


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