International Film Festival for Children and Youth will sign a trilateral MoU for joint film production with the Eurasian Film Festival Association, co-founded by Russia and South Korea, said the festival’s director, Alireza Tabesh.
The agreement will be signed to support the joint production of children and youths films for the next two years. It is the result of months of negotiations, which will hopefully be signed during the festival period, Tabesh added.
He said that the festival staff has collected more than 200 Iranian films targeted for a young audience, with English subtitles, along with promotional materials such as teasers, posters, and technical information, icff.ir reported.
“We have invited film buyers, especially regional ones, to visit this section of the festival. These works come with English subtitles and enjoy international standards,” he added.
“We have deliberately presented the children and youth cinema for the past ten years in the festival’s video library, from famous directors such as the late Abbas Kiarostami and Majid Majidi, who are iconic names in Iranian cinema,” he said.
“This edition of the festival is trying to create a variety of new and innovative programs in line with serving the new generation of audience in Iran. It aims to present a post-digital lifestyle, with a variety of up-and-coming Internet and digital entertainment and access to a wide variety of visual and entertainment products,” Tabesh said.
The analytical panel for the joint production of children’s films will be held with representatives from six countries, he added.
He said that seven lectures and workshops on film review for children, exploring contemporary Iranian children’s cinema, modern-day virtual reality cinema, short animation, ways to present children’s film in global markets, children’s literacy and children’s cinema narrative components will be held on the sidelines of this international cinematic event.
“Due to the historical situation of Isfahan, we have invited guests from the institutions and companies of the seven sister cities of Isfahan,” he said.
“We also have a section titled ‘Special Performance,’ which is being held in collaboration with the French Anci Festivals, Tatarstan (Russia), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Copenhagen (Denmark).”
The 32nd edition of the festival is slated to be held in Isfahan Province on August 19-26, in the feature, short story, web series, long animation, short animation sections.
Source: Iran Daily