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Report on the 21st International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults
Away from Fantasy and Dreams
by Tahmasb Solhjou

International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults finally moved from Isfahan to Hamedan after about 20 years and its 21st edition was held at the historical city in west Iran.
Hamedan is an ancient city which has been established several thousands of years ago. It was the capital city of the Median government some 3,500 years ago and has been a cradle of ancient civilizations during various historical junctures. Today, relics of the glorious past of Hamedan can be seen at four corners of the city, which is very attractive both to domestic and foreign tourists.
The ancient hills of Hegmataneh, inscriptions at Ganj Nameh, Alaviyan Dome, Qorban Tower, Ester-Mordechai Mausoleum, mausoleums of Avicenna and Baba Taher, traditional bazaar and Grand Mosque, ancient structures of Hamedan, the fortress of Noshijan Castle and many other ancient historical buildings as well as natural attractions in and around the city, draw thousands of tourists from across the world to this historical city.
Like previous editions, the 21st International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults in Hamedan was divided in three major sections: “competition of the Iranian cinema”, “completion of international cinema” and “special screenings”. Competition sections included feature and short films as well as short, long, and medium-length video films. The special screenings section focused on the works of the pioneer Czech animator, Bretislav Pojar, literary adaptation in the German cinema of children and young adults, as well as Erich Kastner’s works. Tribute was also paid to Puran Derakhshandeh (the renowned Iranian director of films for children and young adults) and Mohammad Mirkiani (Iranian writer of stories for children and young adults). Other programs such as screening documentary films for children and young adults, review of works of filmmakers from Hamedan province, as well as screening films produced for children and young adults made the festival more productive.
The most memorable point about the first edition of the festival in Hamedan was enthusiasm of children and young adults of Hamedan to attend the festival and the warm welcome accorded to various programs and sections of the festival by Hamedan citizens. For the first time, six film theaters with a capacity of 2,000 seats became active in Hamedan. Prosperity of cinema in the city made children and young adults more delighted while people warmly welcomed films and filmmakers.
In international competition section, 15 feature films, 14 short films, 22 short and medium-length video films as well as four video features from Thailand, India, Japan, England, South Korea, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, France, China, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Turkey, Estonia, Australia, Russia, Ethiopia, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Belgium, Armenia and Iran were screened. Every one of those films tried to depict a clear picture of realities of life, preoccupations, as well as fears and hopes of children and young adults across the world. The films make us realize that the world of children and young adults cannot be limited within political, racial and geographical limits.
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