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  • “Blue Sky, Clean Earth” by director Mahyar Mandegar 2018-09-22 18:31


    Iran’s “Blue Sky, Clean Earth” to compete in Beijing festival 

    TEHRAN – “Blue Sky, Clean Earth”, a short film by Iranian director Mahyar Mandegar will compete in the 17th International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy in China during October.

  • “Umbra” 2018-09-22 18:29

    Shorts from Iran to compete in Uppsala festival 

    TEHRAN – The Iranian short films “Umbra” and “Maned & Macho” will be competing in the 37th Uppsala International Short Film Festival, which will be held in the Swedish city from October 22 to 28, the organizers have announced. 

  • Jafar Mahyari 2018-09-22 18:28

    Iranian director to stage “Stools” in Italy 

    TEHRAN – Jafar Mahyari, the artistic director of the Zendegi Theater Company in Iran, is scheduled to stage “Stools” at Camere d’aria, a multipurpose space for art and culture in the Italian city of Bologna.

  • A view of the 22nd Press Exhibition at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla on November 4, 2016 (IRNA/Mojtaba Mohammadlu) 2018-09-22 18:26

    Iran cancels Press Exhibition over adverse economic conditions

    TEHRAN – The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has decided to cancel the Press Exhibition this year due to the current adverse economic conditions facing the country and print media, the Persian service of MNA reported on Saturday.

  • The Aran Theater Troupe performs the Ashura opera puppet show at Tehran’s Ferdowsi Hall on December 18, 2013. (IRNA) 2018-09-22 18:23

    Aran Theater Troupe to restage Ashura opera puppet show in Tehran

    TEHRAN – Director Behruz Gharibpur plans to restage the Ashura opera puppet show with his Aran Theater Troupe at Tehran’s Ferdowsi Hall during October, the group announced on Saturday.

  • A teahouse painting by Mohammad Farahani is on display in an exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran. 2018-09-21 19:01

    Artworks on Ashura on display in Tehran exhibit 

    TEHRAN – The Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran is playing host to an exhibition titled “Sign” displaying artworks by veteran Iranian artists on the theme of Ashura, the day upon which Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions were martyred in Karbala in 680 CE.

  • Bita Azizaqli (L) and Melina Qadimi act in a scene from “Momma Yerma” at Tehran’s Entezami Theater on February 1, 2017. (Tehran Picture Agency/Milad Beheshti)   2018-09-21 18:59

    Belarus festival hosts “Momma Yerma”

    TEHRAN – The Creative Theatre Company from Tehran is competing in the 15th Teatralny Kufar International Student and Youth Theater Festival in Minsk, Belarus with “Momma Yerma”.

  • Reza Attaran (L) and Javad Ezzati act in a scene from “Centipede” by Abolhassan Davudi. 2018-09-21 18:54

    Sitcom “Centipede” lifts Iran box office record

    TEHRAN – Director Abolhassan Davudi’s sitcom “Centipede” starring Reza Attaran, Iran’s Leading Film Figure of the Year, has hit a new record at Iranian box offices this summer by grossing over 350 billion rials (about $8.5 million), the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.

  • Gelmali 2018-09-21 18:49

    Doc by Mona Zandi reviews Gelmali tradition in Lorestan

    TEHRAN – Mona Zandi, the director of the acclaimed drama “Friday Evening”, has made a documentary named “Gloomy Moments” that studies Gelmali, a ritual tradition observed in the month of Muharram in Lorestan Province in western Iran.

  • A scene from “Silence” by director Maryam Pirband 2018-09-17 19:17

    “Silence” to compete in Portland Deaf Film Festival

    TEHRAN – “Silence” by Iranian director Maryam Pirband will be competing in the Portland Deaf Film Festival in the U.S., the organizers have announced.

  • A poster for “The Dragon” 2018-09-17 19:15

    Iranian actor make director debut with Evgeny Schwartz “Dragon”

    TEHRAN – Iranian stage actor Mehran Aslani will make his directorial debut with Russian writer Evgeny Schwartz’s 1943 play “The Dragon” that mocks Stalin’s government and totalitarianism.

  • Iranian scholar Farrokh Mostofi 2018-09-17 19:07

    Iranian scholar working on Persian-Ottoman Turkish dictionary

    TEHRAN – An Iranian scholar is working on a dictionary that will contain over 15,000 Ottoman Turkish words and phrases originating from the Persian language.

  • Filmmaker Tahmineh Milani (C) is seen with visitors to her painting exhibition at Tehran’s E1 Gallery on September 7, 2018. (Honaronline/Maryam Ramezanlu) 2018-09-17 19:05

    Milani sues E1 Gallery over early closure of her exhibition 

    TEHRAN – Filmmaker Tahmineh Milani has filed a lawsuit in a Tehran court against E1 Gallery over closing her painting exhibition early, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Monday.

  • Iranian artist Siamak Azmi works on a painting in an undated photo. 2018-09-16 19:01


    Iranian artist Siamak Azmi to hang works at Istanbul gallery

    TEHRAN – Iranian artist Siamak Azmi who is renowned for his paintings of dolls plans to showcase his latest collection in an exhibit at the 7 Art Gallery in Istanbul. 

  • Cinema Organization of Iran director Mohammad-Mehdi Heidarian (L), SIFF Managing Director Fu Wenxia (C) and an unidentified person are seen in a meeting in Tehran. (Cinema Organization of Iran) 2018-09-16 18:58

    Shanghai filmfest CEO Fu Wenxia visits Iran

    TEHRAN – Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Managing Director Fu Wenxia and a number her colleagues are visiting Iran.

  • Director Morteza-Ali Abbas-Mirzai (Cinema Press/Amir-Hossein Ghazanfari). 2018-09-16 18:56

    “Isolation” director wins award at Salento festival 

    TEHRAN – Morteza-Ali Abbas-Mirzai has been selected as best director for his drama “Isolation” at the 15th Salento International Film Festival in the Italian town of Tricase.

  • Ali-Mohammad Radmanesh acts in a scene from “Golnesa”. 2018-09-16 18:54

    Iranian films honored at Kazan Muslim cinema festival

    TEHRAN – Iranian films “Golnesa” and “Saad’s Olive Tree” have won awards at the 14th Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema.

  • Sadi - A Traveler From the Town of Love 2018-09-16 18:51

    Play on Persian poet Sadi to go on stage in Vancouver

    TEHRAN – A play on Persian poet Sadi (C. 1213-1291), famous worldwide for his masterpieces Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden), will go on stage the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada on September 22.

  • Dang Show to perform in Vancouver 2018-09-15 18:43


    Dang Show to perform in Vancouver

    TEHRAN – Dang Show, an Iranian band that is famous for its fusion music, will perform a concert at the Grosvenor Theatre of the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver, Canada on October 19, the center has announced.

  • Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde 2018-09-15 18:41

    Oscar Wilde’s plays translated into Persian

    TEHRAN – Five plays by Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde have been translated into Persian by Abolhassan Tahami, who is mostly famous for his voice acting career.

  • Mahsa Alafar acts in a scene from “Umbra” by Saeid Jafarian. 2018-09-15 18:38

    Shorts from Iran compete in Batumi festival

    TEHRAN – Iranian movies “Umbra” and “Are You Volleyball?” will be screened in the short competition of the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) in Georgia.

  • Voice actor Mehdi Arian-nejad in an undated photo 2018-09-15 18:30

    Voice actor Mehdi Arian-nejad passes away at 79

    TEHRAN – The Iranian voice actor Mehdi Arian-nejad who gave the voice to the Aardvark in “The Ant and the Aardvark” series and many other characters in the world animated movies died of heart failure at his home in Tehran on Friday. He was 79.

  • Navid Mohammadzadeh (L) and Zakieh Behbahani act in a scene from “No Date, No Signature”. (Photo by Amir-Hossein Shojaei) 2018-09-15 18:26

    By Seyyed Mostafa Mousavi Sabet

    Iran sends “No Date” to Oscars despite calls for Academy Awards boycott

    TEHRAN – Iran has submitted the acclaimed drama “No Date, No Signature” to the 91st Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category despite calls for the Farabi Cinema Foundation to boycott the prestigious cinematic competition over Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

  • * A collection of photos depicting scenes of mourning ceremonies for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions in Iran will be put on display in an exhibition at Laleh Gallery from Septemb 2018-09-14 18:57

    What’s in Tehran art galleries

    * A collection of photos depicting scenes of mourning ceremonies for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions in Iran will be put on display in an exhibition at Laleh Gallery from September 21 to October 9.

  • A poster for “60=1” directed by Iman Davari  2018-09-14 18:53

    “60=1” named best short at Indian festival

    TEHRAN – Iranian filmmaker Iman Davari’s film has won the best film award for his “60=1” in the international section of the 3rd Acharya Tulsi Short Film Festival in India, the organizers have announced.

  • Majid Nirumand acts in a scene from Amir Naderi’s drama “The Runner” produced at the IIDCYA. 2018-09-14 18:51

    IIDCYA screens films by pioneers of children’s cinema 

    TEHRAN – The Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) has launched a program during which a lineup of films by pioneers of Iranian children’s cinema, including Abbas Kiarostami and Nureddin Zarrinkelk, will be screened.

  • Elham Padid acts in a scene from “Haurvatat”. 2018-09-14 18:47

    Seven troupes from Iran to go on stage at Armenia HIGH FEST

    TEHRAN – Seven plays by Iranian troupes will be competing in the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival, which will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from September 5 to October 5.

  • Sweden Iranian Film Festival 2018-09-12 19:31

    Swedish Iranian Film Festival unveils lineup 

    TEHRAN – The Iranian Film Festival in the Swedish cities of Uppsala and Stockholm has announced its lineup.

  • “Kelileh and Friends” 2018-09-12 19:29

    “Kelileh and Friends” honored at Iraqi festival 

    TEHRAN – “Kelileh and Friends”, a movie produced at Iran’s Saba Animation Center, has been named the best animated film at the 12th Ghadir International Media Festival, Saba announced on Wednesday.

  • History of Iranian cinema 2018-09-12 19:28

    National library displays history of Iranian cinema 

    TEHRAN – An exhibition of documentaries, periodicals, photos, posters and cinema equipment is underway at the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI).