Speaking to reporters in the historical city of Isfahan, Tabesh said the festival this year will pay special attention to the historical and cultural Chahar Bagh Avenue.
Thanks to the capacity of 11 halls and 2,400 seats, he said a 20-percent increase in participants is expected this year.
Addressing the same gathering, the festival Executive Manager Iman Hojjati said that this international film festival could play an important role for luring more tourists to this historical city.
He said Isfahan is a member of the Creative Cities Network in UNESCO and a child-friendly city, adding that it is also expected that this city could play an effective role in the future of the economy with the help of creative industries, such as filmmaking.
“In the previous year, for the first time, nearly 9,000 children from low-income areas were registered to attend the festival through cultural corporations. They watched the festival’s films. Also for the first time, 30 NGOs also collaborated directly in the festival,” Hojjati added.
The 32nd edition of the festival is slated to be held in Isfahan Province from August 19-26.