News ID: 235291
Published: 0248 GMT December 05, 2018

Turkish amity festival to open with Iran's strong presence

Turkish amity festival to open with Iran's strong presence

The first edition of the International Amity Short Film Festival will begin on December 14 in Istanbul, Turkey with 14 Iranian titles on the screening list and Iranian director Kamal Tabrizi serving as a member of the event's panel of jury.

The themes of the festival are "friendship with neighbors, geography and history".

Tabrizi will be accompanied on the panel by Palestinian director and writer Najwa Najjar, director Tevfik Baser and Turkish actress Sezin Akbaşoğulları. Turkish scriptwriter and director Yuksel Aksu will preside over the panel of jury.

The festival will feature 48 short films, of which 14 are directed by Iranians.

The films will be screened under four main titles: Competition Selection, 40 Years' Sake, Panorama and Private View.

The main section of the event will present 17 films, of which six are from Iran, five from Turkey and the rest from Kyrgyzstan, France, Belgium, Palestine, Spain as well as Kazakhstan.

The section 40 Years' Sake has 18 films from six countries. This section is dedicated to amity, fidelity and appreciation in terms of creating the festival's identity and memory. Six of the films are made in Iran.

The Panorama section, on the other hand, offers award-winning short films from the global arena. Most of the films will be shown as their Turkey premieres. In this section, there are two Iranian films and the others are from Turkey, the US, Nepal, Croatia, the UK, Sudan, Switzerland, Russia and France.

When it comes to the Private View section, spectators will see 'Lizard' by Kamal Tabrizi, one of the festival jury members, 'Eyes of a Thief' by Najwa Najjar, another jury member, and 'Where is the Friends Home?' by Abbas Kiarostami.

Some conferences and workshops are scheduled to be held alongside the screening of the films.

The purpose of this festival is to carry the topic of friendship beyond time by using short films that are powerful means of communication.

Daily Sabah, IRNA, Mehr News Agency and contributed to this story.


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