The first edition of the Iranian Cinema Festival of Chantilly (Festival du Cinema Iranien de Chantilly), to be held in the northern French city, has been postponed to November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release by the Franco-Iranian Center.
Previously, the festival was scheduled to be held in March 2021, IRNA reported.
The center’s statement read: “Within the framework of Saison Internationale du 7ème Art de Chantilly project, which aims to turn Chantilly into a fundamental platform exclusive to different aspects of the seventh art of France, Europe and the world, the city’s municipality, in cooperation with Domaine de Chantilly–Fondation d’Aumale, Franco-Iranian Center, Office du tourisme Chantilly-Senlis and the city’s Cinéma Elysée, will hold the first edition of the Iranian Cinema Festival of Chantilly during November 4-7, 2021.”
“The festival will be held at the initiative of the Franco-Iranian Center (a French NGO) aiming to present Iranian cinema’s new achievements. Iran’s film industry, which produces 100 features and 3,000 short movies annually, has received numerous awards from international festivals and is currently among the world’s most dynamic cinemas. Everybody knows prominent Iranian filmmakers such as Abbas Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi,” it added.
According to the statement, “Iran’s cinema alone is a prominent symbol of cultural ties between Iran and France.”
The Franco-Iranian Center will organize the festival in collaboration with several Iranian art and cinema centers.
The festival, which is also dedicated to modern figures of Iranian cinema, will be held in two competitive and noncompetitive categories.
A lineup of seven features will be screened in the competitive section with their directors in attendance, and six short films will be screened in the noncompetitive section.
A panel of jury members, including Iranian and French cineastes, will judge the entries.
The Franco-Iranian Center organized the first edition of the New Images of Iran (Nouvelles Images d’Iran) in the northwestern French town of Vitré in December 2019.