Syrian Director Malas: Cinema Is a Medium to Project Life

Mohammad Malas is a Syrian filmmaker and scriptwriter, known for Al-Lail (1992), Passion (2005), and Ladder to Damascus (2013). He is here to hold a workshop in Adapted Screenwriting. Malas directed several documentary and feature films that garnered international recognition. He is among the first auteur filmmakers in Syrian cinema. We had an interview with


Durban Festival Consultant: Whenever Art Becomes What It’s Not Supposed to Be, It Fails

A-list directors and distributors are sharing their experiences at Fajr. Different films were sent to the festival and the selection committee chose the best for screening, and so far reception has been reportedly satisfactory. The press department of festival talks to the participants to find out more about their views. Here is a quick chat


Rotterdam Festival Director ‘Looking for More Adventurous Films in Iran’

Bianca Taal, programmer for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, says Fajr Festival is a valuable experience for international film buyers and distributors. Following comes the interview with her: Tell us about yourself and the work you do? I’m a programmer for the Rotterdam International Film Festival. I am in charge of selecting feature films from


Eastern Vista Juror Omarova: Azerbaijani Filmmakers Follow Iranian Cinema

Hamida Omarova was born in 1957, Baku, Azerbaijan. She graduated from the Moscow Cinematography University. She has made movies and directed plays. She is a member of jury at the Eastern Vista – Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries. In the following, she talks about this year’s run, Iranian cinema, and its impact


Int’l Competition Juror Woodworth: Iran’s Culture Is Beacon of Cinema, Poetry and Architecture

Jessica Woodworth (born in 1971) is an American-Belgian director, screenwriter and producer. Her films have screened in A-list festivals like Venice, Cannes, Toronto and Sundance. She’s a member of jury at the Cinema Salvation: International Competition. Also King of the Belgians, her last film is scheduled for screening in Festival of Festivals of this year’s


Spanish Director Victor Erice Aras: We All Have Stories to Tell

Victor Erice Aras (born 30 June 1940) is a Spanish film director. He studied filmmaking in 1963 at the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografia. He wrote film reviews for the film journal Nuestro Cine, and made a series of short films before making his debut feature, The Spirit of the Beehive (1973). Following, he tells us


Geneva Festival Director: Iranian Filmmakers Do Things Differently

Born in Switzerland, 42-year-old journalist Emmanuel Cuénod worked for ten years as cultural editor and film critic for the Tribune de Genève. He has been a film producer (with Rita Productions, among others). He is now the executive and artistic director of the Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans. He is attending Fajr Festival for


Baghdad Festival Founder: Sensible to Divide Fajr into National and International Sections

Taher Alwan, founder and director of Baghdad Film Festival, says festival programmers did a fine job to divide the annual event of Fajr into national and international sections. More on that in the following: Was it right to divide Fajr into national and international parts? I think it is the best thing that could ever


Silver Akbuzat Festival Director: Film Events Are Forums for Mutual Understanding

The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival continues to host A-list guests from across the globe. Following comes interview with Azamat Khuzhakhmetov, the director of Silver Akbuzat International Festival of National and Ethnic Cinema: How come you decided to attend the festival? I have always dreamt of traveling to Iran and finally I had


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