1055 GMT October 31, 2020
Responding to Leonardo DiCaprio's comment on the drying Lake Orumieh, he said the warning signifies the importance of this environmental predicament at the international level since Lake Orumieh is one of the largest saltwater lakes in the world and one of the most important natural reserves in the region, iigff.com.
He commended the American actor's attention to the current perturbing state of Lake Orumieh, and said, "We tried to invite him to the festival but it was too late. Processing the visa also takes a long time."
The Fifth Green International Film Festival, as the only environmental festival in the Middle East, is currently underway from May 13-20 in Felestin Theater Hall and Saba Artistic-Cultural Center in Tehran, as well as several other theaters across the country.
The festival will screen films from France, Germany, Nigeria, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, the US, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, England, Chile, Austria, Argentina, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Poland and Brazil, among others.
The event is held in six competitive sections of full-length feature, short and documentary, fine arts, workshops and special exhibitions on environment.
"The Fifth Green International Film Festival is the most important cultural event in preserving the environment in the Middle East as well as in Iran. It is being held after a 10-year gap," he added.
"The festival has finally managed to join Green Film Network (GFN) based in Italy after a ten-year attempt. All festivals running the theme of environment are the members of this network," he said.
Tohidi added, "Being a member of GFN allows Iran to have more interaction with other countries on cultural and environmental cooperation. More green industries will open in Iran, and foreign artists who are active in the field of environment will have the opportunity to visit Iran and participate in workshops and conferences to share experiences with Iranian artists and students. "
Membership in GFN will also help to attract more tourists to Iran, he said, noting, in addition, UNESCO and UNDP will lend further support to Iran.
According to Tohidi, 38 titles will be screened in the animation section, 12 works in the documentary section, 10 works in full-length features, and 30 works in short films section.
The panel of jury for the international section includes Nicolay Ulrich Nyman, the director and president of Berlin Green Film Festival, French filmmaker Antwan Haddad from France GFN, Teresa Camus from Mexico Environmental Filmmakers, and Iranian juries Alireza Shoja Nouri and Ahmad Zabeti Jahromi.
In the national section, Marzieh Boroumand, Aida Panahandeh, Esmaeil Kahrom, Shahaboddin Aadel, Azizollah Haji Mashhadi, Vahid Nassirian, and Mohsen Amir Yousefi will judge the selected works.