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30th International Children Film Festival kicks off in Isfahan, Iran

Report by Mehr News Agency; photos by Cinema Press

The 30th International Film Festival for Children and Youth opened Thursday night in the city of Isfahan in central Iran. The international event brings audiences a packed seven days of films for children.  The festival is will run from June 30 to July 6.


More than 50 films have been accepted to the festival, and guests from 44 countries are expected to participate. On the sidelines of the festival, workshops will take place in Isfahan where instructors from Sweden, Nigeria and Iran will cover various courses namely stop motion making by children, professional animation production and filmmakers' interaction with international children organizations.

Anna Karin Holtz from Sweden, Hanna Matilda Andersson from Sweden and Faith Esegbuyota Isiakpere from Nigeria will hold the workshops for children and also professional filmmakers.

Mohammed Ibrahim Elsayed and Mohamed Movafi directors of First Fingerprint (Egypt), Payam Hosseinian project manager of Perched (UK), Olga Poliektova director of "My Grandfather was a cherry tree (Russia), Tatiana Koublitskaja director of Spring in Autumn (Russia), Tomas Blazukas sound designer of Homegrown (Lithuania) will attend at the time of screening of their animated short films.

Kamrul Ahsan director of The Smell (Bangladesh), Martin Turk director of The well spent Afternoon of Slovenia, Giovanni Pompili producer of Il Silenzio (Italy) Yoshimasa Jimbo director of The Girl Who Never Knew the War (Japan), Irina Frederika Tarvida director of Leshy (Lithonia), Yury Solodov director of Big boy (Russia), Rebecca Figenschau director of Blank Squares (Norway) bring their short films to the international festival.

Mehran Amrohi director and Faqhrul Hasan Huaini producer of The Bird (India), Saara Susanna Cantell director and Sari Johanna Lempiainem producer of Jill and Joy's Winter (Finland), Igor Sterk director of Come Along (Slovenia), Pieter Dirk Van Rijn director of Master Spy (the Netherlands), NatjaBrunckhorst scriptwriter of Ameli Rennt (Germany), DyrekeBjorkly Graver producer, Peder Nikolai Hamdahl Ness director of Little Gray Ferggie (Norway), Nursen Cetin Koreken producer and Umit Koreken director of Blue Bicycle, Celeste Holsheimer child actor of The day my father became a Bush (the Netherlands) take part in the live action feature section of the film festival.

13 child jury members from Italy, Iraq, Lebanon, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey attend the event.

The touristic and artistic city of Isfahan is to host the International Film Festival for Children and Youth from June 30 to July 06. The city will host the festival for four coming years until 2021. Numerous historical sites and museums are located in Isfahan. The Persian-Islamic architecture is globally recognized and is perfected in Isfahan. Being a strategic axis on the way of Silk Road, it inherited is heritage of ancient art, commerce and industries from thousands of years of international traffic. Isfahan is home to people of different religions such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrian. That is how Isfahanees are famous for being a symbol of coexistence and tolerance.

Having said all of that, it makes sense why Persians have a proverb to describe Isfahan as "Esfahan nesf-e- jahan ast" which translates to "Isfahan is half of the world."

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