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62 countries to compete at 26th Fajr Film Festival in Iran

TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- 62 countries are to enter films in the 26th Fajr International Film Festival which commences February 1st.

In a press conference held here on Sunday, secretary of the festival Majid Shah-Hosseini gave details about the event.

He stated that the first five days of the gala will be dedicated to the screening of foreign movies, adding that, "This year the international section has been scheduled to run separately from the national section giving people greater opportunity to choose the films they view."

He went on to say that in previous editions of the gala, the two sections had been held simultaneously and viewers had preferred to watch films in the national section and had thus lost the chance to watch the foreign entries.

This round of the festival comprises 13 sections in which 224 feature-length films, documentaries and short films from Iran and 62 other countries will go on screen.

Iran is participating with 44 feature length movies, 14 docs, 12 short docs and 18 short films.

The international section will include movies from countries including Armenia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan and Egypt.

The special Moustapha Akkad plaque of the late Syrian-American film producer and director will be presented to the best foreign movie on the theme of hope and faith.

The best Iranian movie focusing on religion and the teachings of the prophets will also receive a special plaque.

The jury of the international section will be made up of fifteen foreign and five Iranian members and a sixteen-member jury will judge the national competition section.

Indian filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, British producer Leon Vitali, Russian director and actor Vladimir Menshov and Italian director Gian Paolo Cugno will be among the foreign jury members.

The 26th Fajr International Film Festival will be held from February 1 to 11 at a number of cinemas in Tehran.

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