Art and Experience: The Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) is producing a documentary that will chronicle the history of animation in Iran.

“The largest part of the work has been undertaken and will be completed in several months,” Mehrdad Sheikhan, the director of the documentary titled “Iranian Animation”, told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.

“It took a great deal of time to gather information and to do research into the subject,” he added.

Lack of any written comprehensive source about Iranian animation caused difficulties for the project that will recount six decades of the history of Iranian animation from the 1940s.

In his research for the documentary, Sheikhan encountered a number of animators who were mainly engaged in animated commercials and had a strong influence on Iranian animation from the 1940s to 1970s.

“The Iranian people were familiar with its native animation by numerous animated commercials produced during those decades,” he said.

“Iranian Animation” also studies the roles of public and private organizations, independent filmmakers and academic centers in the development of the industry in Iran.