Jafar Panahi Net Worth

Jafar Panahi Net Worth is
$1.6 Million

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Jafar Panahi (Persian: جعفر پناهی‎; born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, The White Balloon (1995). The film won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes.Panahi was quickly recognized as one of the most influential film-makers in Iran. Although his films were often banned in his own country, he continued to receive international acclaim from film theorists and critics and has won numerous awards, including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for The Mirror (1997), the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Circle (2000), and the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for Offside (2006 ). His films are known for their humanistic perspective on life in Iran, often focusing on the hardships of children, the impoverished, and women. Hamid Dabashi has written, "Panahi does not do as he is told — in fact he has made a successful career in not doing as he is told."After several years of conflict with the Iranian government over the content of his films (including several short-term arrests), Panahi was arrested in March 2010 along with his wife, daughter, and 15 friends and later charged with propaganda against the Iranian government. Despite support from filmmakers, film organizations, and human rights organizations from around the world, in December 2010 Panahi was sentenced to a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media, or from leaving the country except for medical treatment or going to Hajj pilgrimage. Whilst awaiting the result of an appeal he made This Is Not a Film (2011), a documentary feature in the form of a video diary in spite of the legal ramifications of his arrest. It was smuggled out of Iran in a Flash-Drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In February 2013 the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival showed Closed Curtain (Pardé) by Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi in competition; Panahi won the Silver Bear for Best Script. Panani's new film Taxi is scheduled to premiere in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
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Date Of BirthJuly 11, 1960
Place Of BirthMianeh, Iran
ProfessionDirector, Editor, Writer
SpouseTahereh Saeedi
ChildrenSolmaz Panahi, Panah Panahi
Star SignCancer
1I'm fed up with surreptitiously making everything in very confined spaces, and not having the freedom to work as I used to...It makes me feel sick thinking of all these projects I'd like to do, but I don't have the ability to make them.
2To tell you the truth, at some point in my career I couldn't see myself doing a movie like ' Closed Curtain', something that delves into the imagination of an artist - but with a completely different language. It's part of what my career has come to.
3I want you to put yourself in my shoes as a filmmaker who can't do anything else but make films, and doesn't want to do anything else. How much time do I have left? Do I have twenty years left to live? I cannot stay idle. I know this is what they want. They let me out of a small prison and released me to a much larger one.When I was in a small prison I knew there was nothing I could do there. Every movement was being watched. ..Now that I am so-called 'free', but in reality in a larger prison, I have to do something and cannot stay idle and let my life be wasted.
4[observation, 2014] I'm really optimistic about the future of Iranian cinema because of all these young and talented filmmakers...What makes me hopeful is this pool of young filmmakers can use all-digital cameras to make their own movies. There was a time when the government had a monopoly on all the filmmaking equipment. But right now you don't have to go to the government to make your films.
1On December 20, 2010, Panahi was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to six years in prison and barred for the next twenty years from film-making, political activity, traveling or giving interviews. Panahi's colleague Mohammad Rasoulof was also sentenced to six years in prison.
2Symbolic guest of honor of Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
3In February 2010 he was denied permission to leave Iran to participate in the panel discussion on 'Iranian Cinema: Present and Future. Expectations inside and outside of Iran' during the World Cinema Fund Day at the 60th Berlinale.
4Arrested on March 1, 2010 at his home along with Mohammad Rasoulof and Mehdi Pourmoussa. Amongst detained were 15 others, including his wife and their daughter, but released 48 hours later. Panahi's arrest was confirmed by the government, but charges were not specified. Filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Terrence Malick, Jonathan Demme, Curtis Hanson, Michael Moore, Paul Schrader, Ken Loach, Bertrand Tavernier, Agnès Varda, Frederick Wiseman, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Jon Jost, Walter Salles, Claude Lanzmann, Olivier Assayas, Romain Goupil, James Schamus, Amos Gitai, Patricio Guzmán, Danièle Thompson, Xavier Beauvois, Tony Gatlif, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Kiumars Poorahmad, actors Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Brian Cox, Pierre Richard and Mehdi Hashemi, actresses Isabelle Huppert, Anouk Aimée, Josiane Balasko, Fatemah Motamed-Aria and Golshifteh Farahani, film critics Roger Ebert, Amy Taubin, David Denby, Kenneth Turan, Todd McCarthy, Lisa Schwarzbaum, David Ansen, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jean-Michel Frodon and Angelika Artyukh, Federation of European Film Directors, European Film Academy, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), Berlin International Film Festival's director Dieter Kosslick, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival's director Rutger Wolfson, Febiofest's program director Stefan Uhrik, FIPRESCI and Toronto Film Critics Association have called for his release. France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Culture and Communications Frédéric Mitterrand, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Canadian government, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the arrest. After more than a week in captivity in Ward 209 of the Evin Prison, Panahi was finally allowed to call his family. On March 17, 2010 Rasoulof and Pourmoussa were released. The next day, Panahi was allowed to have visitors, including his family and lawyer. On April 14, 2010, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance said that Panahi was arrested because he "was making a film against the regime and it was about the events that followed the [2009] election." On May 25, 2010 Panahi was finally released on a $200,000 bail.
5Father of Solmaz Panahi and Panah Panahi.
6Member of the Jury of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2001, which also presented a retrospective of his films.
7Member of the Jury of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 2007.
8President of the Jury of the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009.
9His two films, Dayereh (2000) and Talaye sorkh (2003) were banned by the Islamic government of Iran.


In film nist2011Documentary
The Accordion2010Short
Untying the Knot2007Short
Talaye sorkh2003
Ardekoul1997Documentary short
The White Balloon1995
Akharin emtehan1992Short
Yarali bashlar1988Documentary short


In film nist2011Documentary
The Accordion2010Short
Keshtzar haye sepid2009
Café Transit2005
Talaye sorkh2003
Ardekoul1997Documentary short
Mosafere jonub1997
The White Balloon1995


In film nist2011Documentary
The Accordion2010Short
Ardekoul1997Documentary short
The White Balloon1995original idea


Taxi2015/IIIproducer - uncredited
In film nist2011Documentary producer
Talaye sorkh2003producer


In film nist2011Documentary

Assistant Director

Through the Olive Trees1994assistant director
Mahi1991assistant director


Through the Olive Trees1994Dastyar (uncredited)

Production Designer

The White Balloon1995

Sound Department

Taxi2015/IIIsound mixer - uncredited


Little Brother2012/IIShort dedicatee
Soog2011special thanks


Taxi2015/IIIHimself (uncredited)
A Cinema of Discontent2013Documentary
In film nist2011DocumentaryHimself
Cercle vicieux2010Documentary shortHimself
Sodankylä ikuisesti2010TV Series documentaryHimself
At the Movies2006TV SeriesHimself
L'Iran: une révolution cinématographique2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema Iran2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the 1979 Revolution2000DocumentaryHimself
Safari be Diare Mosafer1993Documentary

Won Awards

2016Heterodox AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USTaxi (2015)
2016Stanley Kubrick AwardTraverse City Film FestivalSpecial MentionTaxi (2015)
2016Turia AwardTuria AwardsBest Foreign FilmTaxi (2015)
2015Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalTaxi (2015)
2015FIPRESCI PrizeBerlin International Film FestivalCompetitionTaxi (2015)
2015Audience Choice AwardMumbai Film FestivalTaxi (2015)
2013Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ScreenplayPardé (2013)
2013Special AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsIn film nist (2011)
2011Golden CoachCannes Film Festival
2011Muhr AsiaAfrica AwardDubai International Film FestivalDocumentaryIn film nist (2011)
2010Taormina Arte AwardTaormina International Film Festival
2010Lina Mangiacapre Award - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalThe Accordion (2010)
2010Honorary Golden WheelVesoul Asian Film Festival
2007Cinema Unlimited AwardAmnesty International Film Festival
2006Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalJury Grand PrixOffside (2006)
2006Special Prize of the Young JuryGijón International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmOffside (2006)
2006Amnesty International Film AwardLjubljana International Film FestivalBest FilmOffside (2006)
2006Audience AwardTokyo FILMeXOffside (2006)
2004Golden PrometheusTbilisi International Film FestivalTalaye sorkh (2003)
2003Un Certain Regard Jury PrizeCannes Film FestivalTalaye sorkh (2003)
2003Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureTalaye sorkh (2003)
2003Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalTalaye sorkh (2003)
2001FIPRESCI Film of the YearSan Sebastián International Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2001Best FilmUruguay International Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2001Audience AwardUruguay International Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2001Critics AwardUruguay International Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2001OCIC Award - Special MentionUruguay International Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2000Golden LionVenice Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2000FIPRESCI PrizeVenice Film FestivalBest FeatureDayereh (2000)
2000OCIC Award - Honorable MentionVenice Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2000UNICEF AwardVenice Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
2000Sergio Trasatti AwardVenice Film FestivalDayereh (2000)
1998Golden TulipIstanbul International Film FestivalAyneh (1997)
1998Silver Screen AwardSingapore International Film FestivalBest Director - Asian Feature FilmAyneh (1997)
1998Special Jury PrizeSingapore International Film FestivalAyneh (1997)
1997Golden LeopardLocarno International Film FestivalAyneh (1997)
1995Golden CameraCannes Film FestivalBadkonake sefid (1995)
1995Best International FilmCinéfest SudburyBadkonake sefid (1995)
1995International Jury AwardSão Paulo International Film FestivalBadkonake sefid (1995)
1995Gold AwardTokyo International Film FestivalBadkonake sefid (1995)

Nominated Awards

2016CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Taxi (2015)
2016IBAFF AwardIBAFF International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmTaxi (2015)
2015Grand PrixFribourg International Film FestivalTaxi (2015)
2015People's Choice AwardMelbourne International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureTaxi (2015)
2015Sydney Film PrizeSydney Film FestivalBest FilmTaxi (2015)
2013Best ScreenplayAsia-Pacific Film FestivalPardé (2013)
2013Best DirectorAsia-Pacific Film FestivalPardé (2013)
2013Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalPardé (2013)
2013Audience Choice AwardChicago International Film FestivalPardé (2013)
2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDocumentary FeatureIn film nist (2011)
2013New Visions AwardSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest Motion PicturePardé (2013)
2011Amnesty AwardCPH:DOXIn film nist (2011)
2011Best FilmMar del Plata Film FestivalInternational CompetitionIn film nist (2011)
2007Asian Film AwardAsian Film AwardsBest DirectorOffside (2006)
2006Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalOffside (2006)
2006Grand Prix AsturiasGijón International Film FestivalBest FeatureOffside (2006)
2002BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film)Dayereh (2000)
2001Silver Screen AwardSingapore International Film FestivalBest Asian Feature FilmDayereh (2000)
1997Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalAyneh (1997)
1996New Currents AwardPusan International Film FestivalBadkonake sefid (1995)
1995Prize of the City of TorinoTorino International Festival of Young CinemaBest Feature FilmBadkonake sefid (1995)
1995Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalBadkonake sefid (1995)

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