The 33rd edition of the festival opened on October 18, Tasnim News Agency wrote.
Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremony was held in a limited scale on the rooftop of one of cultural centers in Iran’s central city of Isfahan and broadcast live on Omid TV, IRIB Isfahan TV and Tiva interactive TV, according to icff.ir.
The event is organized in the national and international sections, and the Farabi Cinema Foundation, Cinema Organization of Iran and the Isfahan Municipality are the main organizers of the festival, wrote Mehr News Agency.
A total of 11 short animations were picked to be screened, while nine short films from across the world will compete at the festival. Also a lineup of 32 short films and animations will be competing in the Iranian competition section including 18 animations and 14 short films.
The organizers have called on Iranian young adults living outside the country to participate in the fourth edition of the Youth Film Making Olympiad of Iran. Interested youths aged 12 to 17 are competing in the program and submit their five-minute short films to the festival.
The wishes of the youth about the future of the country, city or family, their experiences about famous books and films, and experiences of the coronavirus pandemic and coronavirus as a threat or an opportunity are among the main topics for the short films. The Olympiad is part of a program arranged every year on the sidelines of this Iranian festival.
A music piece was also performed to honor the healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.