The organizers of the event have announced that the festival has received a good number of foreign films.
A lineup of 1260 films from South and Central America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa have requested to be screened at the 16th edition of the event.
India with 248, Turkey with 63, Brazil with 51, Spain with 30 and Russia with 29 films rank top at the list of participating countries.
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 include 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.