Films made by young directors:
A First Step
by Shahram Mokri

  Judging from what I have heard about filmmaking in other countries, I reached the conclusion that Iran was one of the easiest places for filmmaking. Films are less expensive in Iran compared to countries which produce about 100 films per year and theaters are almost exclusively screening Iranian films. In addition, the Iranian TV channels have been producing high number of telefilms in the past few years. According to figures released by Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, a total of about 100 features are produced in Iran in addition to about 600 telefilms as announced by the state-run TV officials. Moreover, 2,000 short films (according to officials of the Youth Cinema Association) and 900 documentaries (according to figures produced by offices of various festivals) are also produced. Add to this, a high number of series and you will start thinking that a large group of people is making films in Iran.

The path of first-time directors in other countries
  Information provided here pertains to India and Canada, both major producers of features and telefilms. The path to directing is almost the same in both countries. The first step is to be a graduate of a creditable film school and having letters of recommendation for major filmmaking companies. Such letters are issued for student projects in the form of short video and negative productions. A film student in Canada told me that film directing, production management and other areas of filmmaking are taught separately at the university and it is not like Iran where an assistant director may start making his/her own films after a while. Finding investor is a regular concern for filmmakers all across the world, but this is the path that should be taken. Making a few short films and winning some prizes will be also of great help. Many filmmakers in those countries are usually employed by a company and are bound by a contract to choose from screenplays provided by the company. That is, if you want to make you own screenplay, you should try hard to convince the company officials...


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