The sixth edition of the Islamic Film Market, aiming to introduce cinema and television productions of the Islamic countries, was inaugurated at the 8th General Assembly of the Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) held Sunday at the IRIB International Conference Hall.
Iranian radio and TV channels and institutes including Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Farabi Cinema Foundation, the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA), and the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) are offering their latest productions at the market to help increase the exposure of productions in the international arena.
Director of the market Mohammad-Ali Anusheh said in his brief speech that over 90 television channels and institutes have been participating in the sixth market including 30 from Iran, 18 from Iraq, and 15 from Lebanon and Palestine.
He added that over 230 managers and experts on radio and television productions are taking part in the market presenting over 700 cinema and television productions at the market.
In addition, Halal Media, a new brand for cinema and television productions established by the union, was also unveiled at the opening ceremony. The brand will be granted to those production companies that promote pure productions, pure media, and pure generations.
Moreover, U-News, a website covering the news of the union was officially inaugurated. The website has been launched to cover news and the events happening in the Islamic countries.
The ceremony was concluded paying tribute to several IRTVU member journalists who were martyred during the war in Iraq and Lebanon including Press TV Syrian journalist and reporter Maya Nasser, Lebanese Al-Manar cameraman Mohammed Mantash, reporter Hamzah Hajj Hassan, and technician Halim Allaw.
Ali-Akbar Velayati, a top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, and Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Abdul Bari Jahani were among the guests at the opening ceremony.