More than 50 films and guests from 44 countries have been accepted for the festival with additional workshops taking place in Isfahan. Instructors from Sweden, Nigeria and Iran will cover a number of courses such as stop motion making by children, professional animation production and filmmakers' interaction with international children organizations.
Anna Karin Holtz and Hanna Matilda Andersson from Sweden and Faith Esegbuyota Isiakpere from Nigeria will hold workshops for children and also professional filmmakers, icff.ir wrote.
Mohammed Ibrahim Elsayed and Mohamed Movafi directors of 'First Fingerprint' (Egypt), Payam Hosseinian project manager of 'Perched' (UK), Olga Poliektova director of 'My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree' (Russia), Tatiana Koublitskaja director of 'Spring in Autumn' (Russia), Tomas Blazukas sound designer of 'Homegrown' (Lithuania) will attend the screening of their animated short films.
Kamrul Ahsan director of 'The Smell' (Bangladesh), Martin Turk director of 'The Well Spent Afternoon of Slovenia', Giovanni Pompili producer of 'Il Silenzio' (Italy) Yoshimasa Jimbo director of 'The Girl Who Never Knew the War' (Japan), Irina Frederika Tarvida director of 'Leshy' (Lithonia), Yury Solodov director of 'Big Boy' (Russia), Rebecca Figenschau director of 'Blank Squares' (Norway) bring their short films to the festival.
Mehran Amrohi director and Faqhrul Hasan Huaini producer of 'The Bird' (India), Saara Susanna Cantell director and Sari Johanna Lempiainem producer of 'Jill and Joy's Winter' (Finland), Igor Sterk director of 'Come Along' (Slovenia), Pieter Dirk van Rijn director of 'Master Spy' (the Netherlands), Natja Brunckhorst scriptwriter of 'Ameli Rennt' (Germany), DyrekeBjorkly Graver producer, Peder Nikolai Hamdahl Ness director of 'Little Gray Ferggie' (Norway), Nursen Cetin Koreken producer and Umit Koreken director of 'Blue Bicycle', Celeste Holsheimer child actor of 'The Day My Father Became A Bush' (the Netherlands) will take part in the live action feature section of the film festival.
The festival's panel of jury will include 13 child members from Italy, Iraq, Lebanon, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey.
The touristic and artistic city of Isfahan will host the International Film Festival for Children and Youth until July 6. The city will also be the venue of the festival for four coming years until 2021.
Numerous historical sites and museums are located in Isfahan. The Persian-Islamic architecture is globally recognized and is perfected in Isfahan. As a strategic axis on the way of Silk Road, it inherited its heritage of ancient art, commerce and industries from thousands of years of international traffic.
Isfahan is home to people of different religions such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrian. That is how people of Isfahan are famous for being a symbol of coexistence and tolerance.