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Tehran International Animation Fest Opens

The 4th Tehran International Animation Festival opened March 6, 2005, at the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) and will run through March 10. Four 2005 Oscar Award nominees are scheduled to go on screen in the festival. 1,450 Iranian and foreign animation films will be screen with 446 selected for the domestic and international competition sections. 211 are Iranian-made.

The festival is made up of four major sections -- Competition, Non-Competition, Special Section and Perspective. Newly added sections include Children's Cinema, A Review of Foreign Jury Members' Films and Perspective. In the Domestic Section, in addition to feature and short films, 200 television and commercial films will also be screened.

The festival will also feature five specialized meetings and some training workshops. The meetings will be attended by jury members, animators, film specialists, analysts and cinematographers from Iran and other countries.

Ebrahim Forouzesh, Abdollah Alimorad and Saeid Tavakkolian are among the Iranian members of the festival's jury, which includes members from Poland, Britain and France.

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