The Annual Event
Founded in 1982, Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) is Iran’s largest annual film festival held in Tehran. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to qualified local and international films.
The festival, started in 1982, is under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Iran. It takes place every year on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution.
Since its establishment, Fajr International Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of the Iranian Cinema. Every year, veteran directors and new filmmakers devotedly present their works in the festival.There were lots of feature films submitted for each edition of the festival, and it will be promoted both locally and internationally through television, radio and webinars with previous speakers coming from abroad.
Up to now various organizations always been contributing to the event including the Farabi Cinema Foundation, Iran film foundation, Press TV, HispanTV and Iran’s multi-lingual film channel IFilm (TV channel). From 2015 on, the festival has been separated into a national festival on February and an international one on April, with the national one being notable for premieres of the most important domestic movies.
No limit in respect to the participators’ heretofore or any especial repute: ”it isn’t about discovering new talent, but showcasing the old ones as well. That’s how organizers have always sold tickets and gathered crowds.”
Over the years, Fajr International Film Festival has been honored by numerous great film figures who have also worked closely with the festival as respectable Jury Members, such as Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov, just to name a few among other influential figures.During different editions of Fajr, also brilliant auteur filmmakers such as Costa-Gavras, Francesco Rosi, Theo Angelopoulos, Mario Monicellli, Moustapha Akkad, Darius Khondji, etc… have taken part in the festival and have been presented with lifetime achievement awards.
Fajr International Film Festival 2020
This year we will celebrate the 38th edition of Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran, under the direction of the well-known Iranian filmmaker, Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour.
Festival start: 16 April 2020 Festival end: 24 April 2020
Set in the heart of Iran’s capital city, Tehran, Fajr International Film Festival pays tribute to qualified national and international films. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and newcomers and showcases films promoting artistic contribution to the medium. Moreover, the festival also pays special attention to films that seek justice, and highlight humane and moral values.
The festival focuses especially on films from the Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasus, and Anatolia as well as works heralding peace and friendship as true teachings of the holy prophets.Moreover, the Fajr International Film Festival provides a unique platform in this geographic region for an interchange of professional experience and international meetings. In addition, intensive training courses are being offered to young filmmakers.Meanwhile, the International Film Market, better known as IFM, provides an excellent opportunity for the acquisition and sales of film rights, co-production projects and offers support for the production and screening of new Iranian films.
Attending Fajr International Film Festival is either possible with Accreditation Request or via Festival Package.
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Duties of the festival secretary
By organizing the necessary organizational structure and organizing the festival, the secretary of Fajr International Film Festival will identify the focus of the festival’s programs and, in coordination with the cinema organization and other organizations, will provide the necessary planning to hold the festival appropriately; his other responsibilities are also: the director of the palace and the palace’s executive director, plus the management of the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony, and research affairs and the attraction of the audience directly.
News Outlets Eager to Cover Fajr International Film Festival
So significant and outstanding as this event is for world, more than 25 foreign news outlets have so far applied to get the required permissions for covering the news of the 38th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) of 2020, which indicates a 30 percent jump in comparison with the number of applicants for the previous edition.Representatives of 25 foreign media applying for covering news on the 38th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) has increased by 30 percent compared to the figure last year.Foreign media including Russia’s Sputnik, Iraq’s Al-Araqiah, Qatar’s Al-Arabiya, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera, Lebanon’s Al-Ahd and Al-Menar, Australian ABC News, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, German DPA, Russia Today, Financial Times, France 24, AFP, Italian ANSA have submitted application for attending the high-profile event.
Last but not the Least Word
Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) is Iran’s most famous cinematic event, held every February in Tehran, Iran. Despite facing severe restrictions Iran’s most important filmmakers continue to give its people a voice. Fajr Film Festival is a good opportunity for sending message of Iran’s maturity, growth, dynamism/7th art the most effective tool for cultural development and Serious attempts by our humble artists a model for protecting our religious, national values and people the biggest asset of cinema Addressing the ceremony, Fajr International Film Festival Director Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour said the imposed unilateral sanctions have not only targeted Iran’s economy but its culture as well. Despite these difficulties, we managed to organize the annual cinematic event. The good news is that many international filmmakers, critics, and scholars who love Iranian cinema didn’t leave us alone.He then in more details added, “this is one of the oldest and the most important film festivals in West Asia. I would like to extend my gratitude to Ministry of Culture, Cinema Organization of Iran, Ministry of Communications, Tehran Municipality, as well as many others who helped us to hold this year’s event.”