The 39th FFF will open in Tehran, 30 Iranian provinces, and five free zones with 16 films contending for Crystal Simorgh awards, the organizers announced during an online press conference held at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Saturday.
The FFF president Mohammad-Mehdi Tabatabaeenejad said “During the previous editions, we had submitted films to the provinces one by one and 10 films were submitted to each province, but this year all the films are available in all the provinces, while we have made our best efforts to have a safe and fresh festival.”
“All those who have registered at samfaa.ir to reserve tickets will receive a code and can vote to select best audience film,” he added.
Tabatabaeenejad also noted that a large number of movie theaters will host the event around the country.
He pointed out a good number of young talented filmmakers are taking part in the festival this year, and he hoped that the audience would be happy with the films at the end of the event.
“All the individuals are quite aware of the health protocols, and all the movie theaters managers are asked to observe the health protocols—disinfecting the halls, urging the audience to wear masks—while they should be tested for fever before entering the halls and observe social distancing during the screenings,” he also said.
“Most of the documentaries have already been streamed on different platforms, some of which have been watched over 40,000 times, and short films were also screened during the Tehran Short Film Festival, and there seems to be no need to screen them again.”
The 39th FFF will take place on January 31-February 10, 2021.
The Fajr Film Festival coincides with the ten-day Fajr ceremonies across Iran, marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Since its establishment in 1982, the FFF has played a vital role in the development of Iranian Cinema.