The moment we’ve all been eagerly awaiting has finally arrived. After days of exceptional films, thought-provoking narratives, and breathtaking cinematography, it’s time to celebrate the talented filmmakers who have captivated us all at the AGIFF Film Festival. This year, we took a unique approach by putting the power of judgment in the hands of the true connoisseurs of cinema—the audience. With their discerning taste and valuable votes, they have selected the winners who have left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.

In the category of Best Actress, we applaud “Nika Shahnazzadeh” for their extraordinary performance in “The Untouchable“, directed by “Avazeh Shahnavaz” from “Iran”.
With their exceptional talent and dedication, they have brought their character to life, captivating audiences and delivering a truly memorable portrayal.
We only have one actor winner because we don’t differentiate between genders.

The award for Best Screenplay goes to “Sharon Yaish and Golan Rise” for their outstanding writing in “Lost Angeles“, directed by “Sharon Yaish and Golan Rise” from “Israel”.
Their skillful storytelling, compelling dialogue, and masterful characterization have elevated the art of screenwriting and enriched the overall cinematic experience.

The award for Best Director goes to “Onur Yagiz” for their exceptional work in “Fatih the Conqueror” from “France”.
Their visionary storytelling, meticulous direction, and profound understanding of the craft have resulted in a cinematic masterpiece that leaves a lasting impact.

Finally, the prestigious award for Best Film is bestowed upon “Van Gogh in Love“, directed and produced by “Jean Luc AYACH”.
This remarkable production has touched the hearts and minds of viewers with its captivating narrative, brilliant performances, and artistic excellence.

We congratulate all the winners for their exceptional achievements in their respective categories. Your creativity, talent, and dedication have contributed to the magic of cinema and have left an indelible mark on the festival and its audience.

We would also like to express our gratitude to all the filmmakers, producers, and the entire cast and crew involved in the creation of these outstanding films. Your passion, hard work, and artistic vision have made this festival a resounding success.

As we celebrate these achievements, let us remember that the power of storytelling knows no boundaries and transcends all distinctions. We honor the talent and dedication of all filmmakers, regardless of gender, and recognize the invaluable contributions they make to the world of cinema.

Thank you to the audience, who played the crucial role of jury by voting for their favorite films. Your participation and enthusiasm have made this festival a true celebration of the art of filmmaking.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners, and we look forward to another incredible edition of the AGIFF Film Festival in the future! 🎥✨

Please visit the gallery to view the pictures of the festival.

Announcing the Official Selection for the 3rd Annual Ark Gate International Film Festival

Announcing the Official Selection for the 3rd Annual Ark Gate International Film Festival

It is with great pleasure that we unveil the selected films for this year’s festival.
we wish to express our profound pride in receiving over 300 submissions from around the globe this year. Submissions poured in from every continent, and for that, we are immensely grateful.

AGIFF embraces a wide range of film types and genres, including short films, feature films, documentaries, animation, and more. The festival holds a steadfast commitment to impartial evaluation, disregarding factors such as film duration, genre, or gender. As a result, our selection reflects a diverse assortment of feature films, short films, documentaries, and fiction works.

The films chosen for 3rd of the Ark Gate International Film Festival (AGIFF)

“Any Given Night” (USA) directed by Saniya Mirwani
“Sphinx” (Iran) directed by Hamid Yousefi
“Fatih the Conqueror” (France) directed by Onur Yagiz
“Happen to Happen” (Republic of Korea) directed by Julie Joohee Jeon
“Van Gogh In Love” (France) directed by Jean Luc Ayach
“Blindness” (Canada) directed by Amir Zavosh
“The Untouchable” (Iran) directed by Avazeh Shahnavaz
“Yabá” (Brazil) directed by Rodrigo Sena
“Freeway” (Iran) directed by Mohammad Akbari Asl
“The Line” (Canada) directed by Myriam Guérin
“Let’s Guess” (Iran) directed by Fatemeh Karbasi
“The Spiral” (Argentina) directed by María Silvia Esteve
“The Girl and The Boy” (France) directed by Jean-Marie Besset


Congratulations to all the selected filmmakers for their outstanding work. We eagerly anticipate showcasing these exceptional films at the 3rd Annual Ark Gate International Film Festival.

AGIFF festival will be held from 21 to 25 June 2023