The 26th International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults opened in Isfahan on Monday evening.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini, a number of provincial officials in Isfahan, and a large group of cineastes and children attended the opening ceremony of the event.
During the ceremony, Seyyed Mohammad Hossseini expressed his hope over improvements in Iranian children's cinema.
"If Iranian animations and films are produced on the basis of genuine Persian culture and myths, the Western films' heroes will not be able to attract Iranian children," he added.
At the ceremony, festival secretary Ahmad Miralaii expressed his thanks to all the organizations that supported the festival and helped in organizing it.
Actor/director Masud Kermati, director Sirus Hassanpur and film critic Zaven Ghukasyan were honored during the ceremony with lifetime achievement awards.
"This honor does not belong to me, rather it belongs to all young artists who work in this city," Ghukasyan said in acceptance speech.
Afterward, Miralaii and director Puran Derakhshnadeh presented a lifetime achievement award to Hassanpur.
Hassanpur commemorated Kiumars Purahmad, Jahanbakhsh Soltani and Amrollah Ahmadju as great cineastes from Isfahan in his acceptance speech.
The ceremony came to an end by presenting a lifetime achievement award to actor and director of children's films Masud Keramati.
Filmmakers from 40 countries have participated in the festival and 200 movies are scheduled to go on screen at Farshchian, Qods, Sahel, Sepahan, Honar and several other theaters in Isfahan during the event.
A jury composed of 60 children will help the main jury for the national competition section.
Theaters in some cities of Isfahan Province including Kashan, Shahinshahr and Shahreza will also screen some of the festival's entries.
The organizers also plan to hold a review of Croatian animated films.
"Cat" directed by Goran Stojnic, "In Chains" by Daniel Suljic, "Little Man Dreamsy" by Ivana Guljasevic, "Of Boogers and Men" by Darko Vucenik and several other works will be shown and discussed in this section.
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