The ceremony was inaugurated with a message from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that was read by secretary of the festival Hashem Mirzakhani.
The festival is a good opportunity for the youth to present their artistic creations, reads part of the President’s message.
“Short film is the manifestation of innovation and new experiences. Our professional cinema of today owes its fame to those who began working with short films and later produced praiseworthy works,” it continued.
Javad Shamaqdari, the director of the Iran Cinema Organization (ICO) and Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) Director Shafi Aqamohammadian were among the attendees at the opening ceremony.
Mirzakhani said that the Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS) has promised to provide the facility to distribute short films on the Iranian home video network in collaboration with the Visual Media Institute.
He also asked Shamaqdari to help screen short films in the Iranian theaters.
The ceremony continued with paying tribute to film critic Tahmasb Solhju.
Screening top works from previous editions of the festival, Iranian and world animations, film review sessions and several workshops are among the different sections of the festival.
The festival will be running until October 7.
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