News ID: 190668
Published: 0747 GMT April 11, 2017

35th FIff holds presser

35th FIff holds presser

A press conference was held for the 35th Fajr International Film Festival (FIff) in which the members of the panel of jury for its various sections were named.

Director of Fajr International Film Festival Reza Mirkarimi announced the names of jury members for the Cinema Salvation, Eastern Vista, Interfaith and NETPAC at the press conference in Tehran's Charsu Cineplex.

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The 35th edition of the festival will take place from April 21 to 28 in Tehran.

The FIff director said only top movies have been selected to vie for awards or to premiere in this year's event.

Addressing the conference, Mirkarimi said most of the movies selected, including feature-length films, shorts, and documentaries, are yet to have their regional (Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus) or global premieres.

Mirkarimi added, "No one will intervene in the judging process. All jury members have been selected following careful considerations. The festival determines its policies based on the selection process and not on the type of awards."

According to Mirkarimi, "Fajr has a separate page on both Film Freeway and FestHome websites, making it easier to register and apply. The programmers select some of the movies by taking part in foreign festivals. But the websites also allow independent companies and filmmakers to apply separately and personally. This year's entries reached 6,000 movies."

He said over 350 guests from 66 countries are taking part. "Some will take part in filmmaking workshops entitled 'Dar-ol Fonoun'. It's a future investment for the organizers. Some 70 foreign students and 52 Iranians will participate in the weeklong program. The workshops will begin two days ahead of the festival's grand opening and wind up two days before the closing ceremony. The Fajr Film Club has well over 22,000 members. Reception has been overwhelming."

The festival is dedicated to prominent Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami who passed away last year. Some of the invited guests will discuss Kiarostami’s life and works in three special programs.

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