0307 GMT January 27, 2020
In an interview with IRNA, Yu Xiao said China and Iran were two countries with ancient civilizations and need to enhance cultural and cinematic exchanges along with academic communications.
He said that one of the programs of his association is to develop cultural programs between the two countries in the field of film, adding that this association has so far invited a number of Iranian filmmakers to travel to China.
The Chinese official also referred to the unparalleled acceptance of the Iranian film, ‘Castle of Dreams,’ by Reza Mirkarimi, and said the purpose of the forum is to introduce top films from other countries in this event.
He said the program is aimed at boosting exchanges in the field of film and cultural affairs between the countries of the Silk Road.
Chinese film centers and academies are ready to cooperate with Iran in the filmmaking industry, said Yu Xiao.
The ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative is an ambitious project that focuses on improving connectivity and cooperation among multiple countries spread across the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Dubbed as the “Project of the Century” by the Chinese authorities, OBOR includes about 78 countries.
The Shanghai International Film Festival awarded ‘Castle of Dreams’ with the Golden Goblet prize for best film, the best director prize for Reza Mirkarimi, and a shared best actor award for Hamed Behdad.