Festivals Should Show History of Use of Chemical Weapons Against Mankind

Iran-Japan Love and Peace Film Festival is one of the joint projects of the Tehran Peace Museum and the Japanese NPO. It is held annually in Hiroshima and Tokyo. The festival aims to familiarize Japanese people with the history and culture of Iran and to help strengthen peace and friendship between the two nations. Shizuko


A Good Movie Always Leaves a Trace, Always

The Istanbul International Film Festival is the first and the oldest in Turkey, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, a non-profit organization. Its director Kerem Ayan talked to us on the sidelines of this year’s Fajr. Could you explain your relationship with cinema and festivals? I was working as an assistant director


Getting a Good Movie Is Not Always Easy

Yoshi Yatabe is the TIFF’s programming director. He has been a point person in TIFF’s drive to elevate its status in the region and beyond. A former film distributor, publicist and producer, Yatabe has joined the TIFF staff in 2002 and has become the festival’s trim, energetic, habitually smiling face. He believes getting a good


There’s a Lot Going on at Fajr

Decho Taralezhkov is a young Bulgarian screenwriter. He is presenting Glory which is in the main competition section of Fajr 35. Is this your first time in FIFF? Yes. How do you see the festival? To tell you the truth I was a bit surprised to see that the festival is being held in the


Co-Production with Iran Only Supported with Estonian Co-Producer on Board

The Estonian Film Institute (EFI) is responsible for supporting professional Estonian film production and promoting Estonian film culture. Its CEO Edith Sepp was a special guest at Fajr Film Festival 2017. Tell us about your main tasks at the EFI? EFI operates under the auspices of the Estonian Ministry of Culture and its budget is


Film Is Medium for Peace and Dialogue among Faiths – Juror Katia Malatesta

Since 1997, Religion Today has been the foremost international film festival dedicated to cinema and religions for a culture of peace and dialogue between faiths, cultures, peoples and individuals. Festival’s artistic director Katia Malatesta, who is attending this year’s Fajr, says the festival should also become a venue like its Italian counterpart to explore the




Fajr 2017 Is a Good Mixture of National and International Titles

The 35 edition of the Tehran-based Fajr festival is giving world premieres to small-budget efforts from all over the world, but also finds room to have a quick chat with some of the best figures in the world of radio. Anne Francoise Weber was one of the special guests of this year’s run. The German


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