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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 quality local and international films. 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.
Over the years, Fajr 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.
Full line up announced for Fajr with 140 Films from 58 Countries
The 2017 Fajr International Film Festival has announced the movies playing in various sections, and the lineup is already full of potential.
Some 140 short and feature-length movies of all genres from 58 countries are taking part in this year’s edition. According to the Secretariat of the annual event, the lineup is as follows:
Iran: 35 films
France: 17 films
Spain, Russia, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey: 6 films
United States, China, Latvia, and Poland: 4 films
Czech Republic: 3 films
Egypt, Estonia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Myanmar, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and Britain: 2 films
Countries in one movie lineup are:
Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Croatia, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Ecuador, Moldova, Indonesia, Iraq, Canada, Jordan, Finland, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates.
There will be joint production features in Competition as well. The festival has become an international showcase for international films. The festival is attended by many film makers and stars, and is a popular venue for film producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe.
Presided over by Reza Mirkarimi, the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from 21 to 28 April in Tehran.
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