Exam / Emtehan

A film by

Iran | 15' | 09/2019 | fiction

A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

“Hadad’s story is simple, self-contained, and near-perfect in its execution.”
Square Eyes - TIFF19-Official_Selection-blk
Square Eyes - AFI Fest - Award Laurel 2019
Square Eyes - Sundance2020
“Hadad’s story is simple, self-contained, and near-perfect in its execution.”
Square Eyes - TIFF19-Official_Selection-blk
Square Eyes - AFI Fest - Award Laurel 2019
Square Eyes - Sundance2020

Sonia K Hadad

Biography

Sonia K. Hadad is an Iranian writer and director. She studied Film and Media Arts (M.F.A) at Emerson College in Boston. She was born in 1989, in Tehran, and was primarily educated in her native country. She holds diplomas in Physics/ Mathematics and graphic design. In 2005 Sonia started her professional theatre acting career and has played in theatres, public performances, telefilms, and TV shows. In 2009 she completed her B.A in dramatic literature from Azad University of Art and Architecture. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree she participated in different professional Filmmaking, Acting, Installation, and editing workshops.
Writing short stories for magazines and acting led her to her main interests: Film and Installation Art. Sonia moved to the U.S. in 2013 to continue her education, and she began making short films. In her most recent works, Sonia makes an effort to explore people’s inner lives, women’s social and personal issues, shame, and struggles with their deepest fears through different art forms and media.

Filmography

  • Exam – 2019 – short film
  • Personal – 2016 – student film
  • The Box – 2016 – student film
Square Eyes - Director - Sonia Hadad - Square Eyes

Crew

Director: Sonia K. Hadad
Screenplay: Sonia K. Hadad, Farnoosh Samadi
Producer: Three Gardens: Pouria Heidary Oureh
Cinematographer: Alireza Barazandeh
Sound Recording: Mohammadreza Hosseini
Sound Design: Ramin Abousedgh
Editor: Ehsan Vaseghi
Costume & Set Designer: Parisa Farahani
Make-Up Artist: Amir Torabi
Cast: Sadaf Asgari, Hadis Miramini, Masih Kazemi, Elaheh Afshari

Festivals

  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (5 – 15 September, 2019)
    Short Cuts
  • Fantatic Fest Austin, United States (19 – 26 September, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt (19 – 27 September, 2019)
    Short Film Competition Won: Gold Star for Best Short Film
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (21 – 27 October, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Leeds International Film Festival, United Kingdom (6 – 21 November, 2019)
    Competition
  • South Western International Film Festival, Canada (7 – 10 November, 2019)
    Competition
  • ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain (8 – 15 November, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran (10 – 15 November, 2019)
    National Competition
  • AFI Fest, United States (14 – 21 November, 2019)
    Competition Won: Grand Jury Award – Live Action Short
  • Whistler Film Festival, Canada (4 – 8 December, 2019)
    International ShortWork Competition
  • Afrodite Shorts, Italy (5 December, 2019)
    Best International Short Won: Best International Short Film
  • London Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (10 – 19 January, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (21 – 26 January, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Prague Short Film Festival, Czech Republic (22 – 26 January, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Sundance Film Festival, United States (23 January – 2 February, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Special Jury Award for Acting
  • Farjr Festival, Iran (1 – 11 February, 2020)
    Competition
  • Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, Germany (6 – 9 February, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, United Kingdom (20 February – 3 March, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Omaha Film Festival, United States (3 – 8 March, 2020)
    Official Competition
  • Tampere Film Festival, Finland (4 – 8 March, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Portland International Film Festival, United States (6 – 15 March, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Filmfest Sundsvall, Sweden (11 – 15 March, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Festival International de Films de Femmes, France (13 – 22 March, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition Won: UPEC Jury Prize For The Best Short Film
  • Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival, Spain (19 March – 5 April, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Women’s Film Festival Brattleboro, United States (20 – 29 March, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Underexposed Film Festival yc, United States (25 – 28 March, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Landshut Short Film Festival, Germany (25 – 30 March, 2020)
    International Competition
  • New Directors/New Films, United States (25 March – 5 April, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, United States (25 March – 5 April, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Annapolis Film Festival, United States (26 – 29 March, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Uruguay International Film Festival, Uruguay (8 – 18 April, 2020)
    Competition
  • cellu l’art Short Film Festival, Germany (21 – 26 April, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Montclair Film Festival, United States (1 – 10 May, 2020)
  • Short Film Competition
  • Firenze FilmCorti Festival, Italy (5 – 9 May, 2020)
    Competition
  • Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, Turkey (7 – 14 May, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway (10 – 14 June, 2020)
    International Competition Won: Golden Chair for Best International Short Film
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (16 – 22 June, 2020)
    International Competition
  • SouthSide Film Festival, United States (16 – 20 June, 2020)
    Competition
  • PyeongChang Int’l Peace Film Festival, South-Korea (18 – 23 June, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • ShorTS International Film Festival, Italy (4 – 12 July, 2020)
    Maremetraggio Section Special Mention
  • Method Film Festival, United States (14 – 20 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Social World Film Festival, Italy (25 July – 2 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Desertscape International Film Festival, United States (29 July – 1 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • MoliseCinema Film Festival, Italy (4 – 9 August, 2020)
    International Competition
  • International Film Festival of South Asia – Toronto, Canada (6 – 16 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Florida Film Festival, United States (7 – 20 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo (7 – 15 August, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany (12 – 17 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Still Voices Short Film festival, Ireland (13 – 16 August, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Salute Your Shorts, United States (21 – 29 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine (22 – 30 August, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • OFF – Odense International Film Festival, Denmark (24 – 30 August, 2020)
    Competition
  • Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival, Slovenia (26 – 30 August, 2020)
    Video on the Beach
  • Cisterna Film Festival, Italy (27 – 30 August, 2020)
    Competition
  • Festival International du Film de Nancy, France (28 August – 6 September, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Filmfest Dresden, Germany (8 – 13 September, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Durban International Film Festival, South-Africa (10 – 20 September, 2020)
    Short film competition
  • DC Shorts, United States (10 – 23 September, 2020)
    Competition
  • Seoul international Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival, South Korea (15 – 20 September, 2020)
    International Competition
  • PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, United States (18 – 20 September, 2020)
    Competition
  • Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (23 – 27 September, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Figari Film Fest, Italy (23 September – 2 October, 2020)
    Competition

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