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Iran’s 37th Fajr Film Festival opens in Tehran

The 37th edition of Iran's Fajr Film Festival, the Islamic Republic's most prestigious cinematic event, has been officially inaugurated in the capital Tehran.

The opening ceremony of this year's ten-day festival was held in the Complex of Pardis Theater of Tehran on Tuesday evening with Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Seyyed Abbas Salehi, in attendance.

Moreover, dozens of Iran's notable actors and actresses of different generations were present in the ceremony, which was hosted by journalist, director, and producer Mansour Zabetian.

According to Ebrahim Daroughezadeh, the director of this edition of the Fajr Film Festival, 22 Iranian films and three domestically-made 3D computer-animated movies will contest to win the Crystal Simorgh (or the Crystal Phoenix) in this competition.

He added that on February 2 there would be a special ceremony with all those who have been awarded with the Crystal Simorgh in the past 37 years.

The national section of the event, which brings together motion picture industry professionals from across the country, is held in January and February during the celebrations to mark the anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution.

In the international section, annually held in February and April, hundreds of filmmakers from around the world apply to take part in the major contest.

Source: Press TV


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