At least 68 students from 32 countries as well as 52 students from Iran are to take part in the inspiring, educational film making workshops of the 2017 Fajr.
The program is called “Darol Fonoun” and the workshops are called “Talent Campus”.
The organizers say last year’s workshops were a huge success in spotting new film talents in Iran and the broader region. They were overseen by Iranian movie celebrities such as Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi, Majid Majidi, Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Mahmoud Kalari, Reza Kianian, Fereydoun Jeirani, Homayoun Assadian, and Mohammad Ali Sajjadi. They were accompanied by foreign film directors such as Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov.
Top filmmakers, movie experts and scholars from around the globe have been invited to teach at the workshops. They will teach film making techniques to trainees from France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, The Netherlands, China, Slovakia, Bosnia, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Palestine, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Georgia, Bhutan, Syria, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Malaysia, Morocco, Montenegro, India, Nepal, Armenia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Lithuania, and Estonia.
Maziar Miri, who is presiding over the “Darol Fonoun” section, says the number of applications this year has more than tripled as compared to the previous edition. He says only those with a working experience in cinema and a degree in film making will be offered a seat. They will be selected by a committee of directors and academics.
According to Miri, guests, scholars and trainees from just about ten countries took part in last year’s series. “This year, however, they will come from at least 33 countries. The workshops will start two days ahead of the festival’s grand opening and finish two days before the closing ceremony.”
Presided over by Reza Mirkarimi, the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from Friday 21 to Friday 28 April.