This year, we used two platforms (vs. the three from last year): FilmFreeway.com and Festhome.com and received submissions from 70 countries.
What surprised us most was the number of films from Iran. This is a country with a rich, cultural history, yet it is also known for censoring films, throwing artists in jail, and forcing filmmakers (and their families) into exile.
For the first time since 2009, Iran had a tent inside the International Village at Festival de Cannes. Under the Republic's new president, Hassan Rouhani, the new policy appears to be celebrating culture. Fingers crossed this is a new beginning.
Moving on, below are the Top 10 countries VFF15 submissions came from:
- United States
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- United Kingdom