Darolfonoon, a talent campus for young Iranian, regional and world filmmakers at the Fajr International Film Festival (FIff) will hold courses to teach Iranian cinematic models to young talents, said the director of the section.
Maziar Miri told Iran Daily that similar to talent campuses in world festivals, Darolfonoon seeks to identify young talents, filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts.
The campus holds training courses as well as workshops for film enthusiasts to ensure the participants’ success in the film industry, he said.
Speaking about highlighting one aspect of the Iranian cinema each year, in this edition, Darolfonoon is focusing on Iranian cinema, in general, and its social cinema, in particular.
This year’s Darolfonoon is hosting 60 young talents from 21 countries, half of whom are Iranians, said the director of the section, adding that great attempts were made to include young talents from disadvantaged areas.
Speaking about the process of identifying these talents, he said that there would be no registration; therefore, we exchanged a lot of correspondence with universities and filmmaking centers around the world in order to be introduced to their best students.
Miri noted that Darolfonoon participants must be under 27 years of age and must have studied and graduated in filmmaking.
The two themes of ‘family’ and ‘migration’ were proposed for this edition. Young talents have worked on that for months and delivered their proposals to the secretariat of the festival, he said.
University students will attend editing courses during the first two days and will participate in courses in directing, producing, sound recording, cinematography, as well as set and costume design.
Speaking on selecting the best works, he said that this year they will apply a new method called ‘The Elevator Method,’ in which students have three minutes in an elevator to convince their judges to cooperate with them in a filmmaking project.
This year, a German cineaste is in charge of selecting the top work whose director will receive full funding to make his film. The next three top projects will be partly funded for their films.
After three years of experience, a new thing in this edition is to investigate the works and current status of those who participated in the previous editions, he said.
Hossein Amiri-Doomari and Pedram Amiri directed ‘Jandar’, Mahyar Hamidiam wrote the film script for ‘Bi Hesab,’ and Reza Zehtabchian directed ‘Watching This Film Is a Crime’.
Mohsen Qaraei and Mohammad Davoudi received the Best Screenplay award for ‘Ghasr-e Shirin’ in the Fajr Film Festival.
A total number of eight individuals who took part in previous editions of Darolfonoon have been invited to share their ideas and experiences with the newcomers, he said.
Most of the participants who have recently entered the film industry and made their first films were previous students of Darlfonoon.
The most important thing they learn in this talent campus is self-confidence to enter the film industry.
Presided over by award-winning writer and director Reza Mirkarimi, the 37th FIff is underway in Tehran until April 26.