Public Relations of Tehran International Short Film Festival Report:
Sadegh Mousavi: Tehran International Short Film Festival are approved by Oscar.
Director of the 38th Tehran International Short Film
Festival (TISFF), Sadegh Mousavi, said this edition of the event was
approved by the Academy Awards®, popularly known as the Oscars, and
became the only Oscar-qualifying festival in Iran.
Speaking in a press conference, Mousavi, said: “I have been in charge
of this cinematic event for five years and during these years we have
witnessed an improvement in the quality of the festival in all
“Of course, we are still far from the ideal point, but for various
reasons, this festival can be one of the best and most prestigious
short film festivals.”
“We managed to become the only Oscar-qualifying festival in Iran in
the fields of the international section.
He added that, among Muslim countries, only Iran, Egypt, and Turkey
have been approved by the Academy Awards®.
“Last year, 4,500 works were registered in the international section,
and this year, over 2,000 works were added,” said the festival’s
He added that the festival has considered a grand prize of 5,000 Euros
for the top winner of this international cinematic event.
Mousavi noted that thanks to the position of Iran’s cinema industry in
the region, Tehran International Short Film Festival enjoys very high
He added: “This year, for the first time, we received emails from
foreign filmmakers asking why our film is not at the festival. Mousavi
noted that there are 127 Oscar-qualifying festivals worldwide, and 67
of them are held in the US.
Mousavi said: “This year, the judges of the festival enjoy a higher
level due to the fact that this event has become Oscar-qualifying
“About 10% of the works in the international section are Iranian.
Most of the films were sent from India, France, Spain, Brazil, Italy,
Russia, followed by China, Turkey, etc.,” he added.
He said a total of 128 foreign countries have submitted works to the
38th edition of the festival, including; India 621, France 590, Spain
396, USA 339, Italy 294, Brazil 272, Russia 216, Germany 212, Turkey
198, China 197, UK 182, Taiwan 137, Canada 133, Mexico 132, South
Korea 116, Poland 109, Argentina 104, Indonesia 102, Egypt 70 and
Mousavi said: “Due to being Oscar-qualifying festival, we are going to
hold an opening ceremony in this edition of the event and there we
will unveil the festival teaser and 11 books that we have published
In this year’s festival, we have 20 specialized sessions entitled
“Virtual sessions of 20-38 with the presence of 12 international and 8
Iranian lecturers on current topics and debates which have focused on
the subject of experimental cinema.
“With the publication of 11 books, our approach is based on fostering
knowledge,” he added.
Mousavi concluded as saying that thanks to Iran Mall Cinema Campus
open space and the height of its ceilings, the festival will be held
at this center like last year, underscoring that Iran Mall is our
sponsor and provide us with many of the festival items for free.
Tehran International Short Film Festival is one of the oldest short
film festivals not only in Iran but also in the region. The festival
has been the host of international well-known festival directors and
cineastes from around the world.
From July 2021, Tehran International Short Film Festival has become an
OSCAR qualifying film festival.
The 38th edition of TISFF will be held between 19-24 October 2021 in
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