|Intl. festival for independent filmmakers kicks off in Tehran||
Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari made the opening speech of the festival, Persian news agencies reported on Sunday.
Shamaqdari called the festival an appropriate opportunity for world filmmakers to exchange views with Iranian filmmakers, hold talks about the responsibility of the filmmakers and discuss the role of cinema in history.
“We all believe cinema enjoys a high status and plays a major role in the world of today, although the current situation of cinema is not what is should be,” he said.
Shamaqdari regarded independence as the best means for the freedom of all the filmmakers, artists and writers.
The festival comprised of the two sections of seminars and film competitions will be running until Friday.
Over 120 movies coming from different countries are competing in the festival. Filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Greece, Denmark and Hong Kong have been invited to the event.
The focus of the first edition of the festival is films with the theme of movements against social and political injustice in the world.
Films highlighting the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Islamic Awakening, Islamic resistance against the Zionist regime and the Islamic Revolution of Iran are the festival’s first priority.
In addition, the U.S. filmmakers Scott J.T. Frank and Darnell Stephen Summers have been selected for the jury of New Horizon this year.
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