Some 750 films by foreign directors have been submitted to the upcoming 6th International Urban Film Festival in Tehran, organized by the Art and Culture Organization (ACO) of Tehran Municipality.
The festival, August 1 to 5, mainly focuses on significance of city and urbanism in human life.
The event also seeks to promote empathy and moral values in cinematic works and offers a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences among the cities of the world.
Film categories are: Iranian Cinema (competition), International Cinema (competition) and Neighborhood section.
National cinema category will show drama, documentaries and animations on themes such as civil rights and duties, cultural changes, nostalgia and urban identity, green space, public participation to solve problems collectively, and urban studies on Tehran.
International category includes films that promote exchange of ideas between different cities in the world. It has special screenings and special workshops.
The neighborhood section will focus on the creative works that represent special characteristics of Iranian cities. Participants selected in this section will be admitted to professional filmmaking workshops.
A separate section ‘Sideline’ will provide a platform for sharing ideas and experience between Iranian and foreign artists. It is an opportunity for evaluation of works in special screenings, commemorations, reviews and expert meetings.
Foreign participants in the International Cinema category are from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Austria.
Festival secretary is TV and cinema producer Seyed Ali Ahmadi, who also heads the Media and Social Networks Cultural Center in Tehran, affiliated to the ACO.
Jury of the festival will soon start selecting films from among the submitted works, for screening at Mellat and Azadi cineplexes in Tehran.