Iranian and foreign films screened at the 38th Fajr International Film Festival have had a high public turnout with a digitally focused 2021 edition.
According to the organizers of the annual cinematic event, over 9,000 in-person participants watched movies over the past six days. Festival’s IT Manager Abbas Ahmadinia said despite the coronavirus outbreak and the fact that only three theaters have screened movies this year, the festival had a big audience.
Movies such as Botox, Gisoum, Hellene, Ivan’s Childhood, Riders of Justice, Human Factors, and Monster pulled the biggest number of audiences in the theaters of Charsou Cineplex, Azadi, and the Institute for Development of Children and Young Adults.
Festival’s Director Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour before FIFF kicked off on May 26, called it all a big experiment with no assurance audiences would turn out, digitally or otherwise, to embrace a hybrid format brought on by the public health danger of the COVID-19 crisis. Now organizers say it’s rewarding to see the way audiences, guests, tutors and industry members engaged with the festival and platform.
The 2021 FIFF is underway the Iranian capital until June 2. The festival is widely considered one of the most prestigious and influential in Asia, Europe and Greater Middle East.