According to the Public Relations of 48th Roshd international film festival, the press conference of the festival was held with the presence of Vahid Nikkhah Azad (the festival's secretary), Haidar Tourani (Deputy Minister of Education and the head of the Organization for Research and Planning of Education), and Mohammad Naseri( Festival Director
and Director General of the Office of Publications and Educational Technology of the Ministry of Education Research and Planning Organization) and Media.
At the beginning, Haidar Tourani stated that Roshd festival was one of the oldest Iranian festivals that had been held before the revolution and was welcomed by the students.
“The purpose of this festival is to assist and deepen learning, teaching good behavior in society as an effective and successful citizen.”
Tourani argued that among educational media is not only the book that can be effective , cinema is an influential medium that no media has its strength and power.
“: In recent years, the Ministry of Education has been aware of the importance of cinema, and we hope that not only we will be successful in production section, but also have successful screening at schools.”
Referring to the fact that there are many good films at the national and international section of International festival at this year, Tourani said: "We are sure that we have taken more big steps in the festival than in the past and provided a better basis for the education process." We have brought students to learn a lot of concepts and phenomena from these films.”
He stated:” The boundaries of expression and thought must be broadened, and while all people find the opportunity to express their ideas from their point of view, we can use the potential and actual talents.”
The potential audience of Roshd International Film Festival
Then Vahid Nikkhah Azad,Festival’s Secretary , pointed out to the history of the festival, the oldest one in the Middle East and Asia and said: "The potential audience of the festival is about 15 million, while last year, more than 4 million students attended the film festival."
He considered the audience of the festival to be very different. And by stating that the festival is a thematic festival and the ministry of education organizes it, added :” This year, Not only the festival has been slightly advanced, but also has been very different in quantity from previous years.”
He has informed some important films such as Tooran khanoom by Rakhshan Bani Etemad and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb will be shown at the festival for the first time. He continued:” Too many films were sent to the festival office, we asked some of them to show their films at next year.”
He announced the dubbing of films for elementary school students under the direction of Nasser Mamdouh and said: "In this edition, while we chose some of the best Iranian films, there are some internationally acclaimed films including The Silent child which won the 2018 academy Award for best short (live action).”
He stated that the obstacles to making scientific and educational films should be recognized and resolved; he stated: "During this festival, we are going to explore the opportunities and threats of this issue and attract the attention of the officials, and I personally hope that in the coming years we will be in a better position.”
Vahid Nikkhah Azad announced the motto of this year's festival "Knowledge in the Mirror of Image" and said:” When the festival will come close to its ideal purpose that it will be able to present different range of films in line with the goals and plans of the Ministry of Education.”
Also at the beginning of the meeting , which attended by Vahid Nikkhah Azad , Haidar Tourani and Mohammad Naseri ,the official poster of the festival was unveiled.