In his written message to the festival, Salehi further wished that this cinematic event would pave the ground for creating a safer world, free of violence and hostilities.
He described children as 'genuine assets', underlining that "the current generation of Iranian children and youth are the future filmmakers of this country".
Salehi underlined the significance of putting the spotlight on fostering creativity and creating innovative ideas among the children.
The minister said the event provides the best venue to showcase the artistic and cultural values of the historic Isfahan Province.
Festival gets kudos
The secretary of event said that the 2018 edition of the festival mainly concentrates on attracting a large number of audience.
Speaking in a press conference attended by several officials in Isfahan, Alireza Rezadad said, most of the children's movies have fascinating feature theme, underlining that the festival seeks to make the youth familiar with international cinema.
Commenting on cooperation of this prestigious global gathering with the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF), Rezadad noted this international organization provides educational programs for the festival.
He said for instance, UNICEF will financially provide a part of the expenses for the applicants and accepted nominees at the second Youth Filmmaking Olympiad in Iran. This, he added, is part of cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the UNICEF.
He noted that the festival is highly welcomed by domestic and international filmmakers.
Rezadad said five workshops are to be organized in the festival's international sections to focus mainly on safeguarding children's psychological security.
He said selected films of France International Film Festival (Festimaj), Berlin International Short Film Festival (Interfilm) and a pair of Japanese filmmaker and artist Hayao Miyazaki's animations will be screened in the festival.
Presided by Rezadad, the event's 31st edition opened on August 30 and will run until September 5 in Isfahan.