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Cinema Day

Iran National Cinema Day


12Th September is the 120th anniversary of the ingress of cinema in Iran and the National Cinema Day.


Iranians will celebrate National Cinema Day across the country to mark the anniversary of the introduction of the art in the country.

On National Cinema Day which falls on September 12 this year, Iranian artists, movie fans and officials will hold functions to celebrate the occasion countrywide.

Cinema was first introduced in Iran by Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, the fifth Qajar king of Persia, in 1900, and five years after Lumière brothers first created cinematograph in 1985.

Mirza Ebrahim Khan alias "Akkas Bashi" was the first Persian filmmaker and cameraman. He was the official photographer of Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar.

Iranian films have garnered international fame with world-renowned critics from around the world lauding the Iranian cinema as one of the world"s most important artistic works.

Over the past three decades, a range of international film festivals have honored Iranian cinema for its distinct style, themes and cultural references.

Iranian film masterpieces continue to attract global attention at prestigious international festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Academy Awards, the Venice Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.

Firsts of Iranian cinema

The first film produced in Iran, "Blue and Robbie", was a silent film that was directed in 1930.

Aside from a long list of globally-renowned Iranian directors, actors and actresses and movies artists, many movie critics consider late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami as one of the rare great directors in the history of cinema.

"Taste of Cherry" — a 1997 film by Kiarostami — was awarded the Palme d"Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first film from Iran which was awarded at Cannes festival.

"Separation" is a 2011 Iranian drama written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. "Separation" won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.

Farhadi won the best Screenplay from the Cannes Film Festival for his another movie, "The Salesman". Apart from Asghar Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini also won the Best Actor Award from the Cannes Film Festival.

"Doḵtar-e Lor’ (Lor Girl) was the first film in which the Persian language was heard on the screen. It was produced by Ardeshir Irani and Abdolhossein Sepanta under a Film Company in Bombay. It was made in India with local technicians and Persian actors.(Tehran, Sept12,IRNA )

Iranian Female Film Directors

Contrary to stereotype, Iran has a higher percentage of women directors than most Western countries specially after Islamic Revolution and its still growing.

Here are some of them:

Narges Abyar

Pouran Derakhshande

Rakhshan Banietemad

Marzieh Boroumand

Niki Karimi

And etc…

Cinema Museum of Iran,


The establishment of the Cinema Museum of Iran was the fulfillment of a dream; an accomplishment that delighted the advocates of Iranian culture with the promise that the efforts of the founders and enthusiasts of this artistic industry will be recorded and safeguarded as a guiding light for the future generations, as well as a source of pride and honor for those who have watched the reflection of their lifetime achievements on the silver screen. By the foresight and aspiration of the managers of the Cultural Spaces Development Company (affiliated to Tehran Municipality), the Cinema Museum of Iran was launched in September 1994, aiming to collect, safeguard, record and provide a proper presentation of the Iranian cinematic heritage.

Iranians value the art and artist all history long. The nation always involves and values art and artists and is open to newly invented arts, including Cinema.

Cinema firstly was introduced to Iranians approximately 150 years ago, when Nasereddin Shah was the ruler of the country.

Since then, this industry has been evolved continuously and introduced many globally acknowledged artists. After the Islamic Revolution, this branch of visual art grew and reached its summit. After this historical turning point, Iranian cinematographers gained many awards from celebrated film festivals namely Oscar and Canes.

Those who are interested in the history of the evolution of the Iranian Cinema should visit the Museum of Cinema located in Tehran or their website:





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