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Iranian House of Cinema to slim down annual celebration to increase commitments
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TEHRAN – The Iranian House of Cinema plans toeconomize on expenses in organizing the 16th Iran Cinema Celebration in order to increase its commitments to members’ welfare and to establish an unemployment insurance fund for them. 

This year’s celebration (due on September 12) will be held with minimal expenses to save money for the fund, executive director of the celebration Maziar Miri said in a press conference held on Wednesday.

The conditions of living and the income of the cineastes have always been a matter of concern, Miri said, adding, “We would like the 16th edition of the celebration to be the founder of the fund.”

The bylaws for the fund have been prepared over the past few years and only need to be approved, he added.

He next explained that the celebrations of animation, documentaries, short films and honoring ceremonies will be held in abbreviated format from September 7 to 10.

Actor Amin Tarokh, screenwriter Farid Mostafavi and cinematographer Hossein Maleki are scheduled to be honored for their lifetime achievements during a ceremony to be held on September 10, secretary of the event Mohammad Bozorgnia said.

The plaque for filmmaker Seifollah Daad (1955-2009) will be presented to Majid Meschi, the managing director of Cinema Shahr Institute, for his efforts in the renovation of theaters, he added. 

Miri also stressed that the celebration is not only for Tehran. “We are negotiating with cultural managers of different cities for the celebration in five more cities.”

In addition, an exhibition of photos of the 16th celebration will open in Tehran’s Qasr Garden Museum tomorrow, running for one week.

The acclaimed Iranian anti-war drama “The Queen” has won 11 nominations at the 16th Iran Cinema Celebration while “Modest Reception” is in the running in seven categories.

The Iranian House Cinema (IHC) is the organizer of the celebration, which is held every year to commemorate Iran’s National Day of Cinema.


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