0440 GMT December 05, 2021
Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF) kicked off in the Iranian capital on Tuesday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Seyyed Sadeq Mousavi, the secretary of the festival, said the TISFF has been approved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying event for the short film categories at the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, making the festival “the third in the Middle East and the seventh across Asia to achieve that feat,” Tasnim News Agency reported.
The short film categories at the Oscars are Best Documentary Short Subject, Best Live Action Short Film, and Best Animated Short Film.
The CEO of Iranian Youth Cinema Society added, “A total of 6,402 movies, from 128 countries, were submitted to the secretariat of the festival, while 1,775 Iranian shorts were also registered for competition.”
Mousavi said 20 webinars will be held through different platforms on the sidelines of the festival.
The main focus at this year’s event will be on experimental cinema, said Mousavi, as it seeks to attract young and upcoming talents in this cinematic category.
The festival will end with the award ceremony at Tehran’s Iran Mall on October 24.