Art and Experience: Hojattolah Ayoubi said, “Holding national and international sections together was a failed experience that should have been changed and it was unavoidable.”
According to the Public Relations Office of the 34th FIFF, Dr. Hojatollah Ayoubi, President of Cinema Organization referred to the separation of national and international sections and said, “separation of these sections was a excellent decision and talking to the guest you also realize that they are happy for that. The festival was held completely professional.”
He added, “holding national and international sections together was a failed experience that should have been changed and it was unavoidable. At that time, international films or guests were not seen and no one knew about this international festival.”
Ayoubi referred to screening of non Iranian films and said, “screening of non Iranian films is an issue that we should decide about it in early future. Anyhow, non Iranian films are seen here in Iran and even our national TV broadcast them.”
He also insisted, “before starting screening of non Iranian films, we should consider its results and likely problems and see if it would affect national films sell or if it help it. On the other hand, censorship in our cinema is an important issue. Because in this festival or the previous editions there were films that their filmmakers didn’t accept censorship. Of course, if we censor films it will be with admission of the filmmakers.”
The 34th edition of Fajr International Film Festival is being held from April 20th to April 25th, 2016 in Charsou Cineplex, under the supervision of the well-known Iranian filmmaker, Mr. Reza Mirkarimi, who is also the Managing Director of Khaneh Cinema.