The 13th edition of International Resistance Film Festival (IRFF) has named winners of several sections at the event’s opening gala.
The winners of three sections of the festival were announced at the opening ceremony attended by Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani as well as a number of Iranian and international officials.
Many Iranian and international cineastes and documentarians have also flocked to this year’s festival that opened on September 21.
The message of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on the festival was recited by the Syrian cultural attaché in Iran Mustafa Dayough at the ceremony.
The message remarked on the necessity of holding the festival to say the truth of distorted events to the world.
The festival’s organizers also invited the Syrian actress Mouna Wasef as the guest of honor at the festival.
Wasef is known for portrayal of Hind in “Al-risalah”, the Arabic version of Moustapha Akkad’s The Message about the birth of Islam.
This year’s festival is to present some 259 screen productions selected from among 2000 entries from different countries of the world.
Iran’s International Resistance Film Festival presents those screen creations focused on the theme of ‘Sacred Defense.’
The Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense Cinematic Community has held this year’s festival with special focus on “Resistance, Wisdom and Prosperity.”
The event is to be presented in the three sections of ‘International Competition’, ‘Imad Moqniyeh Award’ and the ‘Outlook of Iran’s Resistance Cinema in the World’.
The festival is annually held on Iran’s Sacred Defense Week, from September 22 through 29.
The event marks Iran’s Sacred Defense during the 1980-1988 Iraqi-imposed war, when Iranian soldiers fought against the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s forces and defended the Islamic Republic against enemy aggressions.
The 13th edition of the festival is scheduled to run until September 26, 2014.