According to the festival’s secretary Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpour, “Following the outbreak of the respiratory disease globally about three months ago, it was first decided to postpone the 38th edition of the FIff to early June.”
But even that has been canceled.
FIff is one of Iran’s major international film events which was scheduled to be held from April 16 to 24.
The event’s organizers were hoping to see a downward trend in the spread of the virus and final eradication of it in the near future.
“However, it didn’t happen and the pandemic canceled or postponed many major events across the world,” Asgarpour added.
He said that this year’s edition of the event has been canceled and the preparations have started to hold the event next spring.
Iran’s annual Fajr Film Festival has been held in Tehran since 1982. Since 2015, the Fajr Film Festival has been held in two separate national and international categories, in February and April, respectively.
The festival is supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
The new viral disease, named COVID-19, is affecting 212 countries. It has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope.