Iranian writer, film critic and director Robert Safarian, one of members of the International Critics Jury, explained the process through which top movies are selected each year for the prestigious accolades.
Safarian said a similar process exists in other festivals: Several critics of varying sizes hand out accolades to the best of the best in any given year of Fajr. They take that same concept – trophies from the people who write about rather than make the movies – and put it on a bigger platform.
Safarian said: Only those that compete in the Eastern Vista section can receive accolades.
Rounding out the International Critics Jury are Turkish film critic Cüneyt Cebenoyan, and German journalist and film critic Barbara Lorey.
The curtain falls on the 37th Fajr International Film Festival on Thursday, April 25. Vahdat Hall will host the closing ceremony, attended by Iranian and international filmmakers and guests.