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Sunday, 02 August 2009 05:00

The 23rd International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults opens in Hamedan (Western Iran).Hundreds of Iranian and foreign cinematic figures and interested youth are pouring into the city to watch their favorite shows and enjoy the various other events.
A variety of programs, side section activities and commemoration ceremonies are also arranged during the festival running from August 2 to 6 in different cities of Hamedan Province.

The festival, with two major sections of national and international cinema, will begin screening its first programs on Sunday. Three Iranian movies will be competing in the international section of the festival, which is home to 14 films from 12 countries, for the Golden Butterflies Trophy.

The Iranian films are “The Flight of Ducks” by Ali Shah-Hatami, “Child and Angle” by Masud Naqashzadeh, and “A Span of Heaven” by Ali Vazirian.

Five foreign cineastes and two Iranian filmmakers are appointed to the jury for this edition of the festival. Iranian filmmakers Rasul Sadr-e Ameli and Ebrahim Foruzesh accompanied by foreign children’s cinema experts Lucia Rikaki, Luiza Lins, Handan Ipekçi, Veda Kumar and Hassan Alilash are the members of the jury.
Over eighty children are also appointed to judge the entries in both national and international sections. They include 20 children from across the country along with 54 from Hamedan who will judge the movies at the national section, while 14 Iranian and foreign youths will be judging the international entries.

The program is also dedicating a section to honor filmmakers Ali Shah-Hatamni, Masud Karamati, and the late author of “Good Stories for Good Children,” Mehdi Azar Yazdi.

In addition, the docudrama “The Old Man and the World” featuring the life story of Azar Yazdi will go on screen at the festival. The doc is directed by Purya Azarbaijani.

World-renowned comedians and their work will also be reviewed in a new section entitled “The Lords of Comedy: The Favorites of Children of all Ages” which is entered in the non-competitive section.

Works by Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Norman Wisdom, Jerry Lewis and Rowan Atkinson will also go on display in this section.

The new section named ECO members’ children’s cinema will also feature a selection of 13 films.

The selection contains 11 foreign movies and two Iranian films. The Iranian flicks are “Painting and Painter” by Mehdi Jafari and “Mah-Banu” by Leila Mir-Hadi.

“The Eagle Hunter’s Son” by René Bo Hansen (Kirghizia, Germany, Sweden), “The 40th Door” by Elchin Musaoglu (Azerbaijan), “Mommo” by Atalay Tasdiken (Turkey), “Son of a Lion” by Benjamin Gilmour (Pakistan and Austria), “Zephyr” by Belma Bas (Turkey), “Little Angel, Make Me Happy” by Usman Saparov (Turkmenistan), and “Hejar” (Büyük adam küçük ask) by Handan Ipekçi (Turkey) are among the foreign entries. 

Iin the new section of “Most Favorite Cartoons of Cinema’s History,” seventeen top animations will go on screen. They include “Lion King,” “Tom and Jerry,” “Rabin Hood,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Garfield”.

Children will also get the chance to visit the exhibition of computer games named “Games of My Land.” Twenty producers will be displaying their products during the exhibit.

Curtsy:Tehran Times

Related Links: Hemedan Festival

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