Established in 1982, the International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults (ICFF) is an annual film festival held in the historic city of Isfahan, Iran. ICFF is organized by the Iranian Organization of Cinema and Audiovisual Affairs, Farabi Cinema Foundation and the Municipality of Isfahan. This year it’s the 32nd edition of this prestigious event to be held from August 19th to 26th, 2019 under the supervision of the Managing Director of Farabi Cinema Foundation, Alireza Tabesh. A wide range of quality feature, short and animation films from all around the globe will be showcased in the event. In parallel to the event, daily workshops, panels and lectures will be held by renowned Iranian and International cinematic figures.
Understanding the importance of children as the future of the planet has always been the core of the festival and thus ICFF aims to bring children closer to culture, art, ethical values such as family unity, respect for humanity, self-esteem, social responsibility, environmental concerns and love for the earth as well as creating awareness of the uprising future challenges that the coming generations will potentially encounter.
Since its establishment, the festival has evolved and improved in many areas. ICFF has always tried to improve its standards by selecting quality films and giving equal opportunities to all. For the past several years, the festival has tried to select films from all regions and pay tributes to the sister cities of the Isfahan. Besides that, jury members are selected carefully based on their relevancy and eligibility from all parts of the world. Maintaining diversity has always been a major goal of the festival as well as giving exposure to the people and films that haven’t been discovered yet. In addition, ICFF has always tried to expand and develop it programs by hosting workshops, lectures, panels and live interviews. This year, for the first time, the festival will focus on co-production and acquisition of children’s products by hosting panels and inviting key buyers to the take part in the event.
About the Festival Director
Born in 1974 in the historic city of Yazd, Alireza Tabesh is currently the Managing Director of Farabi Cinema Foundation. He holds an MA degree in Media Management from Tehran University and is presently a PHD candidate at Tehran Azad University. Since the beginning of his career, he has had many roles in the Iranian cinema industry and this year he has been selected as the director of ICFF.