First Islamic Film Market kicks off in Tehran

TEHRAN, Oct. 4 (MNA) -- The First Islamic Film Market kicked off here in Tehran on Saturday at the venue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization.

Minster of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini, members of the Islamic Radio and Television Union, director of the General Assembly of the Union Ali Karimian and several cultural figures attended the opening ceremony.

 

The third session of the General Assembly of the Islamic Radio and Television Union also opened on the same day.

 

Culture minister Hosseini made the opening speech and said that holding such programs leads to greater achievements and higher self-esteem, “We can revive the Islamic civilization and make the best use of the potentials of the world of Islam through the cooperation of Islamic countries.

 

“Islamic scholars are well-known throughout the world and we could make films and TV series based on their lives. Iran’s cinema has used these sources and has produced the TV series on Prophet Joseph and the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus,” he explained.

 

Karimian was next who said that the opening of such a market is a positive move and added, “There are many film markets across the world, but the Islamic film market is still absent. We hope to turn it into a prime event in the film world.”

 

A total of 250 are participating in the market of which 170 are members of the union, said director of program Mohammad-Ali Anusheh, adding that 500 new productions by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA), IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) and documentary cinema are on display.

 

The film market will run for three days.

 

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