Spring Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED
Ava’s first visit to the gynaecologist with her mother is a traumatic experience for the young woman. Trauma gives way to anger when Ava discovers her mother’s dishonesty and learns of the rules she broke when she was the age Ava is now. Bewildered and enraged, Ava attempts to commit suicide at school. To avoid being expelled, she accepts a deal to snitch on her classmates, but a guilty conscience is a heavy burden. Misunderstood by her parents and tormented by school, Ava decides on a third way forward.
- Sadaf Foroughi
- Sadaf Foroughi
- Kiarash Anvari, Sadaf Foroughi
About the Director
Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker. She began her artistic career in 2003, creating and producing short films, documentaries and video art. Foroughi participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, where she was selected to participate in the 'Why Democracy?' short film project. Her short documentary ‘Féminin, Masculin’ (2007) was nominated for the Best Non-European Film Award at the Grand Off-European Off Film Awards in Warsaw, and won the Best Short Film award at the Oxford Brooks University Annual Film and Music Festival. She co-wrote, co-produced, and appeared in Kiarash Anvari’s feature-length film ‘The Pot and the Oak’ (2017), which had its world premiere in the Bright Future Competition Section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sadaf’s debut feature film ‘Ava’ had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 where it received an honourable mention as the best Canadian debut feature film and awarded the Discovery Section FIPERSCI Prize. Foroughi graduated with an MA in Film Studies from the University of Provence, and obtained a degree in Film Production from the New York Film Academy.
Production Company Profile
Sweet Delight Pictures (SDP) is a Montreal-based company founded by Kiarash Anvari and Sadaf Foroughi. Since 2001, SDP has produced short films, documentaries and video art pieces, which have been showcased at various film festivals and cultural venues around the world, among them the Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rotterdam, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes. The first feature-length film produced by SDP, ‘The Pot and the Oak’, had its world premiere at the 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Bright Future Competition. ‘Ava’ is SDP’s second feature-length film. Sweet Delight Pictures was nominated for the best Canadian Emerging Producer Award at the 2017 Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) Indie Screen Awards.
Awards and Festival History
"Goteborg FF 2018, Ingmar Bergman Competition
Mostra de Sao Paolo 2018
Melbourne IFF 2019"
"FIPRESCI Award and Special Mention for the Best Canadian Debut, TIFF 2017, Discovery (WP)
Best First Feature and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 2018 Canadian Screen Awards (out of 8 nominations)
Nominated for Best Youth Feature Film Award, Asia Pacif