Danny Annan, the Danish ambassador to Iran, who is visiting the northwestern city of Tabriz on the occasion of European Film Week, said, "Compared with the previous year, the number of viewers and the cities participating in the event are up by 25 percent which shows the significance EU and affiliated countries attach to the close cultural relation with Iranian people," IRNA reported.
This year is the third consecutive year the event is being held in Iran.
The diplomat emphasized the importance of cooperation between various cultures to develop international understanding, adding that cultural bridges between Iran and Europe were created through collected resources and experiences of 20 European countries.
Referring to workshops being held by Cypriot, Dutch, Swedish and Swiss filmmakers during the week, Annan expressed hope that the activities would lead to joint production with Iranian counterparts.
The long history of successful cinema of Iran, including the works of prominent filmmakers such as Kiarostami and Farhadi, serve as good source for understanding the life and concerns of people from another culture, the Denmark ambassador said.
The European Film Week kicked off in Tabriz on Saturday June 8 and six other Iranian cities.