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Tehran International Short Film Festival kicks off
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Critic Tahmasb Solhju (C) waves to audience after he was honored for his lifetime achievements at the opening ceremony of the 29th Tehran International Short Film Festival on October 1, 2012. Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari (L) and festival secretary Hashem Mirzakhani (R) are seen clapping in the photo. (Mehr/Mohsen Rezaii)
Critic Tahmasb Solhju (C) waves to audience after he was honored for his lifetime achievements at the opening ceremony of the 29th Tehran International Short Film Festival on October 1, 2012. Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari (L) and festival secretary Hashem Mirzakhani (R) are seen clapping in the photo. (Mehr/Mohsen Rezaii)
TEHRAN – The 29th edition of the Tehran International Short Film Festival opened at the Mellat Cinema Complex on Monday.
 
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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