TEHRAN, Nov. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- The 10th International and 22nd National Short Film Festival is to begin at Tehran's Felestin Cinema on November 15. In a press conference held here on Tuesday, the director of the Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS) elaborated on the programs of the festival, indicating that this year's festival will focus on Iran's provincial films and films produced in neighboring countries.
Mojtaba Eqdami added that over 1000 foreign short films will be participating in this year's festival, which he called a great success.
He also pointed out that the VHS section of the festival has been eliminated this year and replaced by the New Vision section.
"A total of 1063 foreign films from 70 countries have been selected for the national, international, New Vision, and spiritual sections of the five-day event," he said, adding that several foreign filmmakers and directors of international festivals, as well as film purchasers, have been invited to attend.
Kianush Ayyari, Habibollah Kasehsaz, Reza Mirkarimi, Bijan Mirbaqeri, and Hamid Khozuei Abyaneh are the members of the jury who will judge the 105 short films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films competing in the national and New Vision sections.
In the non-competition section, the cinema of Asia and works by the Qom branch of the IYCS will be reviewed. In addition, a program is to be held to pay tribute to young director Bijan Mirbaqeri and cinematographer Morteza Pursamadi.
The issue of short film marketing will be discussed at several sessions attended by Iranian and foreign filmmakers as part of the program. Review sessions on Iranian short films will also be held every night. In addition, Abdollah Alimorad will be holding an animation workshop.
The festival will also be held simultaneously in Sari, Mazandaran Province, Shahrud, Semnan Province, and Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
Felestin cinema is located on Taleqani Ave., off of Felestin Square.
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