News - From Headquarters

Cool Kids Don’t Cry-CIFEJ Prize Winner in China

Published on 17/09/2013 at 16:21

The CIFEJ Jury members at the 12th China International Children’s Film Festival, Maryam Bafekrpour-CIFEJ Executive Director (Iran), Pouran Derakhshandeh-CIFEJ Member and well-known Iranian filmmaker and producer(Iran), Faith Isiakpere- CIFEJ member and expert filmmaker and producer from Nigeria announced "Cool Kids Don’t Cry", directed by Dennis Bots, as the winner of CIFEJ Prize in this festival.

CIFEJ Int'l Short Film Script Contest

Published on 27/10/2013 at 14:34

CIFEJ Headquarters, while thanking all those participated in the CIFEJ Short Film Script contest, is sorry to announce that none of the film scripts sent for the contest was recognized as compatible to the rules to enter the competition and receiving awards.

Reminder for participation: CIFEJ Int'l Short Film Script Contest

Published on 27/04/2013 at 15:29

Reminder: CIFEJ Int'l Short Film Script Contest - Deadline for participation extended

 Extended deadline for submissions is the end of  May 5th,  2013

 Who can participate: The contest is open to ALL script writers of short films for children; you do not have to be a member of CIFEJ.

Subject of the Contest: “My classmates and I; with a focus on the needs, wants, and best interests of children and young people.”

Awards: Three successful film scripts will be identified and will win the cash prize as indicated in the rules.

Language: You must submit the scripts in English language

You can find more details and submission forms on the CIFEJ Website (

Maryam Bafekrpour                                                                                     CIFEJ HQ - Tehran

CIFEJ DAYS and CIFEJ Board Meeting in Dubai

Published on 11/02/2013 at 12:39

 CIFEJ DAYS was successfully held in Dubai.

Thousands of young students enjoyed watching recently CIFEJ Winner Films "Harun-Arun", "A Flame in the Wind", "Themba: A Boy Called Hope", "Red like the Sky", "Movement 2012" at the Iranian Club in Dubai.

Young students from Adab School and other foreign schools in Dubai participated in a 5 day animation workshop conducted by the eminent Iranian Animator “Abdollah Alimorad” from morning to the afternoon.

Abdollah Alimorad has got several distinguished international and national prizes for his animations including Grand Prix of Cannes Junior 2001 for his cute animation “Bahador”.

Other students participated in the “Story and Filmscript Writing" workshop conducted by the well known Iranian writer “Mehdi Shojaei” for 5 days and in the afternoons.

During the event,CIFEJ Board met at the 4 star Hotel Parsian, located at the Iranian Club on January 16th and 17th, 2013.

CIFEJ Calls for Short Film Scriptwriting

Published on 09/12/2012 at 16:28

The contest is dedicated to promote production of films and audio-visual media for children and young people that are culturally diverse, educational, and artistic.

 All those writers who are interested in the art of animation or film for children and young people can participate in the event to facilitate their empowerment, inclusion and contribution, especially to a culture of peace and non-violence.

Deadline: Thursday, 7th March 2013

Subject: My classmates and I

With a focus on the needs, wants, and best interests of children and young people

Awards:  Three best scripts will be chosen by the Jury.

The 1st winner will receive 1500 USD as the cash prize, the 2nd winner 1000 USD, and the 3rd winner 500 USD.

Just published - CIFEJ Info No. 8

Published on 27/10/2012 at 12:34

Dear members and friends of CIFEJ,

News on Media, Youth, and Professionals in the World from the International Center of Films for Children and Young People (CIFEJ) is now available on our web site:

This issue includes the lead story written by the editor-in chief, reports ...

Maryam Bafekrpour / Managing Editor 

CIFEJ Prize Awarded at the 42nd Roshd International Educational Film Festival

Published on 05/11/2012 at 10:59

The CIFEJ Jury Members at the 42nd Roshd International Educational Film Festival, Iran - including Rasoul Sadr Ameli, CIFEJ member from Iran, and Liset Cotera, CIFEJ member from Mexico announced “A Flame In The Wind”, directed and co-written by “Farhad Mehranfar” as the winner of the CIFEJ Prize at this festival.

This film also received the Golden Award and cash prize of the festival in the competition section of fiction films.

Farhad Mehranfar has studied cinema at the University of Art (1977-1985).

He has made more than 50 documentary films and 4 feature films; he is also the scriptwriter of most of his films. He has been the art director of Kiarostami's "And Life Goes On...".  He has got several national and international awards for his works.

Message of the Secretary General of CIFEJ on the Occasion of “The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage”

Published on 27/10/2012 at 16:06

Few discoveries and inventions changed the world and affected man's life greatly... .Yet, probably, the single most important invention and innovation in human historyin the realm of culture and art that has evolved our lives greatly has been cinema industry.

It is such a pleasure to wish all the children and young people who are The Crown Jewel of creation much happiness and peace on this special day: Happy World Audiovisual Heritage Day!

CIFEJ is in the service of all those who love cinema and who love children and young people.

Secretary General of CIFEJ: Mohsen Chiniforoushan

► To see the more completed message, pls. go to the next page.

Notice from the CIFEJ Headquarters

Published on 22/10/2012 at 15:15

 Dear friends, dear members of CIFEJ,

 At present CIFEJ (Le centre international du film pour l'enfance et la jeunesse) (The International Centre of Films for Children and Young People) has no Liaison or Regional Office in any country, in any part of the world!

The creation and location of the Regional CIFEJ offices and liaison offices as well as their mode of operationis subject to the rules laid down by the governing bodies of the Organization

(Pls. see Article 6.4 of the CIFEJ Statutes).

CIFEJ Members visited the CIFEJ HQ in Tehran

Published on 08/10/2012 at 15:27

In the beginning of the Isfahan Int’l Film Festival for Children, the highly esteemed member of CIFEJ, Athina Rikaki, President of CIFEJ for three terms (2002-2009), the educator and TV producer from Greece, with Vinod Ganatra, the eminent Indian filmmaker, winner of several distinguished international prizes and member of the board of CIFEJ (2007-2012) visited the CIFEJ Headquarters on Sunday in the afternoon.

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