Int’l Film Festival for Children & Youth’s Press Confab Held in Isfahan

Tehran, IRNA - The 34th edition of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth’s press conference was held in the presence of the Festival Director Alireza Tabesh, as well as the organizers of the event in Isfahan Province.


Addressing the ceremony on Thursday, Tabesh commemorated the Sacred Defense Week and paid tribute to the the defenders of health, who lost their lives countering the deadly coronavirus.


He added the motto of this year’s festival is “Cinema, the Land of Imagination”, underscoring, "Our goal was to make the slogan appropriate to the situation of these days.”


“The mission of cinema is to preserve hope. That is why we chose this operational slogan for the festival. Our artists always invite our children to the world of imagination and happiness by visiting the imaginary world,” Tabesh added.


He continued, “This year, more than 550 works have been submitted to the national and international sections of the festival.”

The secretariat of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth said that it has received 556 films so far, including 438 Iranian and 118 foreign movies.


The foreign films include 32 animated and 30 feature-length movies from 32 countries as well as 56 short movies, including 21 short animations and 35 short films.


“In the national section, some 440 films from Iranian movie makers have been submitted to the secretariat of the festival, including 248 short, 119 short animated, 30 feature-length, and 14 feature films, 12 web series, and also 19 corona-narrations.


He then announced the names of the feature films that are to be screened in Tehran and Isfahan from 16th to 21st of October in accordance with the protocols and said, “These works will be screened in the Isfahan Festival Palace and other applicant provinces in accordance with the health protocols.”


According to Tabesh, Hamed Jafari, Mahin Javaherian, Reza Dorostkar, Bahram Dehghaniar, Behrouz Shoaib, Galareh Abbasi, and Soheil will judge the national films, adding that several foreign judge from Germany, Chile, and Sweden would judge the international section films in online format.

He added that several judges from Turkey and Afghanistan also will judge short animation films.


Tabesh added that several platforms including Hashur, Tiwa, and Filimo will display the films, and the online audiences can watch the works on these three online platforms.


He added that this year the City Centre and Cinema Sahel complex would host the works of this edition of the festival in Isfahan.


Tabesh underscored that three foreign and three national workshops will be held on the sidelines of the festival, adding that in the international section, 10 foreign and two Iranian films will compete.


“At least 13 international short works will compete, three of which are from Iran and the others are from India, Spain, Russia, Lebanon, Croatia, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Estonia, Germany, Russia, Peru, Turkey, Italy, and Iceland.


According to Tabesh, this year Ferial Behzad will be the Iranian referee in the CIFEJ section.


He added that as per the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the UNICEF judges will judge the Iranian works and one of the works will be awarded.


The 34th edition of the festival will be held from October 8 to 13, 2021, in collaboration with the Iranian cinema organization  Farabi Cinematic Foundation, and Isfahan Municipality.


The festival’s movies will be screened in two cities, Tehran and Isfahan, both in an online format and in theaters in compliance with the coronavirus health protocols.

The participating films are as follows:

-“Ashkeneh”, directed and produced by Vahid Pakzad
-“Balit (Oak)”, directed by Morteza Rahimi and produced by Seyed Alireza Sajjadpour
-“Bambala”, directed by Seyed Jamal Seyed Hatami and produced by Behrooz Mofid
-“On the Edge of the Abyss”, directed and produced by Masoud Farkhondeh Tintafard
-“Barzangi”, directed and produced by Hossein Ghasemi-Jami
-“Sons of the Sea”, directed by Afshin Hashemi and Hossein Ghasemi Jami and produced by Behrooz Neshan
-“My Son, Rasool”, directed by Nabi Gholizadeh and produced by Maryam Pirkari
-“Father’s Songs”, directed by Mohammad Basiri and produced by Ali Zhakan
-“Tiam”, directed by Amir Hossein Enayati and produced by Esfandiar Haj Hassani
-“Reporter”, directed by Ebrahim Forouzeh and produced by Seyed Alireza Sebt Ahmadi
-“Tales of a Thousand and One Days or the Legend of the Banasan, the Giant of Magic Lamp”, directed and produced by Habib Ahmadzadeh
-“Secret of the Castle”, directed and produced by Karim Renasian
-“Life and Life”, directed and produced by Ali Qavitan
-“Sweaper”, directed by Amin Shojaei Baghini and produced by Amin Shojaei Baghini and Ali Mirzadeh
-“City of Cats”, directed and produced by Seyed Javad Hashemi
-“Lipar”, directed by Hossein Rigi and produced by Saeed Khani
-“Ydo”, directed by Mehdi Jafari and produced by Mohammad Reza Mesbah
-“Once Upon the Time “, directed by Marzieh Mansouri and produced by Parviz Amiri – produced by Quran Network

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