Art and Experience: World renowned Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was honored at the closing ceremony of the 14th Imam Reza (AS) International Festival held in Mashhad on the eve of the birthday anniversary of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Imam of the Shia Muslims.

Majidi famous for making “Muhammad (S), the Messenger of God”, his acclaimed epic on the childhood of the Prophet of Islam (S), was honored for his lasting production of films with religious topics, Persian media reported on Sunday.

The filmmaker has been named the Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year for his film on Prophet Muhammad (S).

A number of Iranian and foreign cultural figures active in writing books on Imam Reza (AS) and promoting the Razavi culture were honored at the ceremony attended by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati.

Alireza Aarafi, the director of Al Mustafa International University in Qom, researcher Hojjatolesalm Javad Mohaddesi, Hojjatoleslam Hamidreza Shahriari, the director of the Computer Research Center of Islamic Sciences, and children’s book writer Javad Naimi were among the Iranian cultural activists honored at the ceremony.

Eight cultural activists from different countries were also honored at the international section of the festival.

Asgharali Moledina, the President of the World Federation from England, authors Miftah Fauzi Rakhmat from Indonesia and Nureddin Darafarin from Azerbaijan, and Sheikh Mohammed Amin from Pakistan were among the international figures who were honored at the ceremony.

A vast array of art and cultural programs including film book fairs, exhibitions of artworks and seminars took place during the 10-day program.

About 6000 individuals from 77 countries in over 80 different courses attended the festival this year.

Several cities hosted different sections of the festival.

Birjand in South Khorasan Province hosted the calligraphy and calligraphic-painting category of the festival.

The 11th Razavi Theater Festival, an event dedicated to plays on religious themes, was held in Bojnurd, the capital of North Razavi Province.

Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchestan Province hosted the award-giving ceremony of the graphic designs section on August 10.

Winners of the travelogue and memory-writing section of the festival were awarded during a ceremony in Ilam on August 10.

In addition, Isfahan also hosted the award-giving ceremony for the best artists in the miniature section during the 10-day program.