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.
FIFF is Iran's annual film festival, held every February in Tehran, Iran. 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 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Late in April, the 37th edition of the Fajr International Film Festival named its winners during its concluding ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, granting the grand prix to “A Russian Youth”.
Addressing the ceremony, Festival Director Seyed Reza Mirkarimi 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.
The award-winning director and screenwriter 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."