Head of Iranian Cinema Organization Mohammad Mehdi Heydarian says the ICO is determined to augment the global prospects of Fajr International Film Festival.
Heydarian made the remarks Saturday during a visit to Charsou Cineplex, the main festival venue, along with Culture Minister Seyyed Abbas Salehi.
He told reporters the time has finally come for the FIFF to see itself and work as a globally independent film event, and not just a festival that complements others: To start with, we will initiate and broaden our cinematic cooperation with regional filmmakers and pave the way for the festival to become a truly global phenomenon.
Heydarian further said: Despite the economic downturn, Iran continues to find its true place among the international community. There should be no worries about the current artistic and cultural expenditures. We are not afraid to spend where our investment is worthwhile. All we need to do is be careful how we spend it.
In conclusion, Heydarian maintained that Reza Mirkarimi will continue preside over the festival because he has been doing a fantastic job thus far.
Presided over by writer-director Reza Mirkarimi, the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival runs in Charsou Cineplex and other venues in Tehran until April 27. The organizers are busy receiving over 300 special guests, ranging from filmmakers to screenwriters, actors to critics and scholars. A host of A-listers like Franco Nero and influential American film director Oliver Stone are attending.