The secretary of the this year's edition of the event announced that the festival officially launched on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
The event took place in the presence of a number of cultural and political figures.
Held since 1983, the festival was at first known as the Week of Cinema. But after 15 biennial rounds, it has captured the attention of filmmakers as one of the most important cultural events in Iran.
The event becomes a symbol of resistance against global imperialism, terrorism and International-Zionism.
RIFF brings the international filmmakers an opportunity to get familiar with the discourse of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. The event is a place for exchanging experiences and ideas.
The Association of Cinema of Revolution and Sacred Defense hosts the 16th RIFF to pay homage to the selfless people whose efforts in the course of Islamic Revolution were invaluable.
Some of the main themes of the festival are New Islamic Iranian Civilization, Basiji Culture, the Women and the Youth in the Islamic Revolution, and Islamic Awakening in the West Asian and North African Region and the World.