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Mehdi Ghorbanpour named festival director of the 9th Varesh International Film Festival


With the statement of Dr. Shalooi, Director General of Islamic Culture and Guidance of Mazandaran, Mehdi Ghorbanpour became the festival director of The 9th edition of Varesh International Film Festival.


According to the Public Relations of the 9th edition of Varesh International Film Festival, the festival will be held after a few years of interruption with the support of the Director General of Islamic Culture and Guidance of Mazandaran and with the festival director of Mehdi Ghorbanpour.


 Mehdi Ghorbanpour is one of the founders of the most important cinematic festival in northern Iran, which has a history of management in previous periods.


 He is a documentary filmmaker for the Iranian Cinema, in charge of the Cultural Management, the director of the Iranian Short Film Society, a member of the Central Council of the Iranian Documentary Producers Association, one of the manager of the thirty-sixth Fajr Film Festival, Director of the National Cinema Section of the 5th Green Film Festival And Executive Director of the Second Film Festival of Health.

Membership in the Selection and Arbitration Tribunal, such as international festivals, Cinema Haghighat, Cinema House Celebration, National Film Student Film Festival, is among his other activities in the field of cinema, and he has received numerous awards from international festivals for his works.


The 9th edition of Varesh International Film Festival will be held internationally in the presence of Iranian filmmakers and artists of the Caspian countries in the spring of 2019 - Mazandaran province.


Mehdi Qorbanpour, the Secretary of the 9th Varesh International Film Festival, said this cinematic gathering is a means of gathering together.

Addressing a press conference, Qorbanpour said during the last six months all media and news agencies helped us carry on.

"Holding a cinematic event in the northern province of Mazandaran is favorable", he said, adding that, “From the beginning we believed that Varesh was a festival for Caspian Sea countries and the Shared Civilization Area.”

Mentioning that this year more than 3,300 films were introduced to the secretariat, Qorbanpour added: “There were two secretariats including the national and the international one which respectively registered

1600 and 1700 films in their portals. We also gained benefit from Farabi Cinema Foundation, Documentary and Experimental Film Center, and Iranian Youth Cinema Society.”

The secretary of festival also talked about the differences of the 9th edition of Varesh Festival with the previous editions: “8 galleries are going to be established in Mazandaran. We are going to host the director of Moscow International Film Festival tomorrow. Perhaps no other event hosts such important guests. Playing Azerbaijan's Mugham music and music of ethnic groups will be another part of this event.

In addition, one of the salons of Varesh cultural cinema complex is named after Davood Rashidi (one of the late masters of Iran cinema).”

He described the 9th Varesh International Film Festival as the cultural heritage of Mazandaran Province.

Mentioning that more than 50 percent of this Festival’s films will be screened for the first time, Qorbanpour stated: “128 films concern the geography of Mazandaran Province and this is a significant achievement for Varesh Festival.”

This documentary filmmaker also stated: “Several workshops and meetings are going to be held during the festival. They include three international meetings as well as more than seven workshops which increase the capacity of the festival.”

Qorbanpour announced that in addition to screening selected films in Sari, thee workshops will be held in Ramsar by the presence of Kaveh Sajadi Hosseini, Parviz Jahed, and Sergey Dvortsevoy



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