Professional Meetings

The scientific section of the 12th Tehran International Animation Festival, with the aim of upgrading the scientific level of the animation community with the presence of six faculty members of art universities, a secretary and three university judges to judge 70 scientific dissertations submitted in the form of theoretical dissertations of postgraduate and PhD dregrees.

The efforts paid in the 11th festival made this section of the festival more known in the animation academic community, and currently we have received almost three times more submissions than the previous festival, and what has doubled our ambition is the significant contribution of dissertations from other disciplines than arts and from the science and humanity universities across the country, those have been written solely out of the student’s interest in animation films.

The main priorities in selecting and judging the submitted dissertations are as followed:

  1. the Boldness of “animation” as an area of study in the thesis/dissertation
  2. To be scientifically and practically functional
  3. To be targeted in terms of animation community’s necessities
  4. To be methodologically eveloped as a comprehensive research and acquired a relevant conclusion
  5. To be innovative and creative in selecting the subject and conducting the research

The scientific section hopes that the promotion of the scientific discourse will double its impact on the large family of Iranian animation professionals.

The objective of each scientific committee member of this section is to spread academic awareness and a research-oriented approach to animation as an art/industry among young artists and researchers interested in this beautiful, imaginative and everlasting art.

Hopefully, we can achieve such ambitious goal with the help of all students, graduates and professors of animation and other related disciplines in near future. 

This Specialized Session will be held by the Academic Secratery of the Festival Ahmad Soflaie(PhD).

Master class:The Artist with No Shadow

With the help of a projection of film extracts, line-tests, images and various documents, Georges Schwizgebel will present his approach to short animation film. His films do not involve dialogue and are mostly animated paintings. He will address the topics that interest him particularly, namely music, cycles, movements in space and metamorphoses.

Masterclass: Negotiating Agreements in the Film Industry

Good agreements are essential for the success of any production. This lecture will introduce the audience to some key aspects and recommendations for negotiating agreements in the film industry. They will learn about psychological dynamics involved in any negotiation and gain knowledge on how to protect their interests in the best way.

Ulrich Michel is regarded as a leading media and entertainment lawyer. In addition to his specific law expertise Ulrich Michel is an experienced business mediator and certified psychological coach. He teaches negotiation and conflict resolution at various universities in Germany. Ulrich Michel is recommended by Best Lawyers Germany as a leading expert in Germany for arbitration, mediation, media law and intellectual property. JUVE, Legal500 Germany and Media Law refer to him as a highly recommended lawyer in the field of media.

From Nippon to Gonbad Caboud

The talk session will investigate the production process of Nippon Studio unforgettable animations and compare it with the production procedures of the animation series have been already made in Gonbad Caboud Studio.

Nippon Studio: have you ever heard the joke says that the Japanese people can make electricity out of everything? In the animation industry, it can be said that they can produce an animation of their own based on any story taken from anywhere in the world, with any potential characters!

Our childhood was full of memorable animations that we laughed at, saddened by and empathized with them; they have made lots of sweet memories for us. They were lovely, not just for us, but for the Arabic-speaking children, the French children, the German children and about sixty other countries in the world. Almost all of them came from Japan. All of them were and being made by Nippon Studio. The story of producing these animations can be very fascinating to us because it can be a role model for our numerous productions.

In this session Babak Nekooei and Behnood Nekooei will explain.

 Masterclass: What Animation Is (NOT)

Animation is known as the process of taking photos of drawings or consecutive poses of dolls or models to create the illusion of movement. Numerous essentialistic definitions have been brought and consequently created lots of theoretical discusstion. Anyhow, What definition of animation do you have in mind? Has technological advancement had an effect on redefining animation? The borders of animation in art, industry and entertainment have been changing for years, making it difficult to pinpoint sometimes even for experts and causing difference of opinion. In an intimate talk with several practitioners of the field, we will explore these curious


Guests: Maryam Kashkoulinia, Fatemeh Shakib, Amin Haghshenas, Amir Saharkhiz, Mehdi Shiri, Mehdi Ali Beygi, Hoda Esna’ashari, Moin Samad

Masterclass: Kindred arts, Animation and Music

Animation and music are kindred arts. Their mutual bond, though, should not be taken for granted, or just passively inferred from the existence of a heritage of animated works with a strong musical attitude: the renowned examples of the Walt Disney productions, the keen and personal experimentations of Norman McLaren, the wry audiovisual humor of Bruno Bozzetto, and the illuminating metamorphoses of color and sound in Georges Schwizgebel’s shorts are among them.

In this session Marco Bellano will explain.

 Book Inauguration: The Encyclopedia of Yalda Stories

‘The Encyclopedia of Yalda Stories’ introduces eight thousand recorded oral accounts of Iranian stories. Every page of the books is dedicated to a story and each story is accompanied by research findings including motifs, human and non-human characters, primary and secondary messages as well as the age group. In addition to research findings, information about the narrator, collector, and publisher is also provided to the reader.

Ali Khanjani

Born 1958, Malayer. Author, researcher and lecturer and practitioner in the field of storytelling and storytelling studies. For many years, he has been working as executive manager at IIDCY (Kanoon). He has written a number of books including “ Little Croaky”, “Wordsville”, “ Workable Plays for Art and Culture Centers”, “ Art of Storytelling” and 20-volumes book series of “ From Story to Storytelling”. Khanjani initiated and scripted radio programs like “ Papa Souvenier”, “ Stages From the Life of Great People”, “ Critic of fiction and Poetry”, “ Flowers of the Sun” along with TV programs like “ world-Illuminating Sun”. he has been an official member in managing board of Children and young adults department of IRIB channel two and Sima Film, editorial member of literary and arts magazines like “Ayesh”, “Koushesh”, “Rooyesh”, head of Centre for Research and Promotion of Iranian Folklore and Fairy tales and head of research team of Encyclopedia of Iranian fairy tales.

 Book Inauguration: Animation Thought

Following a call for theses and dissertations on the animation discipline in the 11th edition of Tehran International Animation Festival, faculty members of prominent Iranian universities reviewed the works received. In ‘Animation Thought’, eleven excerpts extracted from theses and doctoral dissertations, selected from 23 works shortlisted for poster and oral presentations.

 Book Inauguration: Media Policy-making in Animation Industry

An indispensable part of modern life, media outlets act as a two-way mediator between governments and people. Therefore, they have the ability to play a major role in establishing or dismantling social unity and integrity. Given the role of media outlets in protecting national security and social norms, governments often undertake to establish media policies or to oversee the media policy-making process and how it is implemented. Thus, as governments strive to align themselves with international norms and standards, they establish media policies based on their national interests and interior security requirements.

The book before you is the outcome of Dr. Saeedeh Sadat Mousavi’s dissertation titled ‘the Comparative Investigation of Media Policies in the Animation Industry in Iran and Japan’ supervised by Dr. Mohammadreza Hosnaei, assistant professor and faculty member to the University of Art, is introduced in the 11th Tehran Animation Festival and published by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) University.

 Book Inauguration: Chibi, Simplicity in Animation

The production of animations with national and local elements has always been a preoccupation for animated filmmakers in every country. However, there is a great barrier on the way of the field’s industry and economics, especially in countries that want to begin

engaging in the industry, jeopardizing the plausibility of national animation projects for financial reasons.

Therefore, production managers and producers look for ways to reach global animation markets to establish a balance between costs

and revenues.

Hence, with its renewed approach to the characteristic of popular Chibi productions in the Japanese animation industry compared to Western competitors and large companies, the book ‘Chibi; Simplicity in Animation’ is doubly important as it proposes Chibi as tried and tested solution with its lower costs with higher production speed.

This book, the outcome of Mr. Navid Sanaye Mozaffari Sabet’s years as a postgraduate student, extracted from his thesis for a master’s degree program in animation at Sooreh University’s Faculty of Arts, is a very fundamental, practical book for animation students with the potential to become a textbook for newcomer studios with limited budgets, to get involved with less trial and error.

 Exhibition: Challenge of Mind

Koji Yamamura’s major works: Satie’s Parade, Notes on Monstropedia, Muybridge’s Strings, Mt. Head, Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor, Dreams into Drawing, A Child’s Inspiration sketches from Metaphysics, original animation drawings, storyboards, and other originals are all hand-drawn on paper.

Please find this aspect of Koji Yamamura’s thinking, as he repeatedly sketches from when he comes up with an idea to construct the concept of his animation.

 Illustration Exhibition: Maorteza Momayez and Farshid Mesghali Illustration Showcase

An exhibition of original copies of Kanoon book covers and Printed posters illustrated and designed by Morteza Momayez and Farshid Mesghali to be held at Kannon National Museum of Children Literature during Tehran International Animation Film Festival. This exhibition is the sidebar of a tribute session dedicated to life and works of these two acclaimed pionner artists. It will present the original copies of 29 illustrations and 5 posters designed by them.

 ASIFA Exhibition: From Filmscript to Animation

The production of short and experimental animations has been always fascinating for enthusiasts and experts of the field. It can be very fruitful for filmmakers to watch the process along with the films shown. Partnered with the Animated Filmmakers Guild, ASIFA Iran will hold an exhibition on the sidelines of the 12th Tehran International Animation Festival, aimed to show the production stages of the films in the competition section, from the filmscript to the final product. In the exhibition, the production of 30 works from the competition section will be displayed including a sequence from the script, storyboard, concept, spatial and character design, and the final frame of the film.

 Exhibition: Kecheh Dolls

The story started when ...

One hundred thirty dolls made of kecheh (wool threads) originating from the heart of Iranian animations are put in display for professionals and enthusiasts.

These dolls are made in the tasteful, skillful hands of Chista Tajvar and her son Radin EbrahimPour, using completely Iranian techniques. Chista Tajvar has a BA in general painting, and works as a design instructor, painter and sculptor. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions during her career. Radin is a student of graphic design. Upon learning this branch of art originating from the culture of the Iranian Turkmen tribes, Tajvar started making story characters in Birjand’s Center for the Intellectual Development of Child and Adolescent. Little by little, she made dolls for the characters of One is not Enough, Bahador, Touka in the Cage, Wedding Wedding series, Lomo’s Scary Night, The Story of the Little Cheese, The Rainbow Fish. She then created the characters of Zal and Simorgh, I am the One Who, and The Rokh from

the works of Ali Akbar Sadeghi. Her familiarity with the basics of color and volume has significantly helped Tajvar in making the dolls.

The secretary of Tehran International Animation Festival, Mohammad Reza Karimi Saremi, believes that production of these dolls is a step supportive of art/industry of animation as the industry does not thrive on film production alone. One of the most important reasons as to why these dolls are made is to make the audience get used to the heroes of these animations; when

they turn from two-dimensional animations into three-dimensional dolls. This has been the case with animation companies in other countries for many years.

 Workshop: A Better Understanding of Music in Animation

Sound is a founding pillar in the art of animation, whether it be music or the sounds of the environment. And a better and deeper understanding of it can have a great impact on the improved quality of the final work. In this edition of the festival’s workshops, we are trying to gain a better understanding of music and its basics and take a brief look at the topics of sound design and music software packages in five four-hour sessions. During each session in this workshop, the topics taught are applied on well-known animations or the animations made by the participants, in an effort to have dynamic, efficient sessions. It is enough to have a pen and simple notebook.

 Workshop: Music and Sound Design in Animation

The talk session is to outline a simple and obvious path which starts with director’s expectations and explore all the stages the music composers and sound crew should pass to make an original piece or sound design. Hence, we will analyze in detail the effects of music over image. In the session, we will touch the subjects of audial analysis of stories, impacts of animation techniques over music composition, narrative devices of music language. Analog and digital sound designs, editing and mixing the images and sounds, and role pf sound design in building up a story, are among other topics to be explored and elaborated in the talk session.

 Workshop: Pitching Skills

Two essentials in the film industry are funding and capable, enthusiastic human resources. To get them, conveying ideas properly and clearly to investors, producers, and other professionals and artists is among the skills every director must acquire.

Pitching can be considered as the art of expressing a film’s idea in the quickest and most attractive way possible. In this twohour workshop, key concepts about pitching, an introduction to different parts of a good proposal as well as national and international opportunities will be discussed. Other topics to be discussed in the session include the following:

- What is pitching? Why do we as filmmakers need to pitch our films?

- What are the different definitions and types of pitching and what time frame and principles should be observed for each?

- What questions from juries and decision makers should we be prepared to answer?

- What is a written pitch and how should we write it?

- What are the components of a written pitch and what are the points that should be used in writing them?

 Industry Meetings

It is a working meeting place for professional and bussiness exchanges between Iranian and international professional practitioners of animation industry, animation studios, directors, producers and animators. our call for meeting will be published on the festival website and then the meeting schedule will be released consequently. All the meeting sessions will be held based on the sechedule.

 Animation Day

Aimed to further acquaint the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Adolescents’ staff and members of culture and art centers as well as to introduce and show selected animated films in the children’s section of the 12th edition of Tehran International Animation Festival, the national program ‘Animation Day’ will be held along with the festival in more than 1000 culture and art centers of the country. Other purposes of the program include appreciation of the animation art/industry, attracting of more audiences to the effective art of animation, providing grounds for criticism and comments about the art, providing a source as visual and written inspirations for members of literature and art centers.

 DigiKanoon Online Streaming Portal

All producers, right holders and distributors can upload the screener copies of their films on DigiKanoon website to showcase their works to national and international audiences, directors, animators, animation studios, viewers from different walk and age, children and young adults. Any interested applicant can register films for subsequent uploading during the festival.