News - From Headquarters

Next CIFEJ General Assembly, Beijing - China, 6 - 10 May, 2014

Published on 19/02/2014 at 16:51

It’s with great pleasure to announce that the next Biennial General Assembly of CIFEJ will be held in Beijing - China. You can find the schedule and all the forms in the “General  Assembly” section.


Ajyal Youth Film Festival and Ajyal Industry Forum, Nov. 26th-30th, 2013

Published on 21/12/2013 at 09:55

The Doha Film Institute’s first Ajyal Youth Film Festival was held from November 26th to 30th, 2013 in Doha, Qatar. At the end of the festival, a number of films won cash prizes handed out by hundreds of jurors aged 8 to 21 who were categorized in 3 groups (Mohaq, Hilal and Badr).

The inaugural two-day Ajyal Industry Forum (Nov. 27th-28th, 2013), themed  Our Children First!, ,,,,,, discussed aspects ranging from the value of local content to policy making and film marketing, and presented diverse perspectives of filmmakers from around the world.

Irina – The Scarlet Briefcase-CIFEJ Prize Winner in Greece

Published on 11/12/2013 at 13:58

 The CIFEJ jury member at the 16th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Andrzej Roman Jasiewicz-CIFEJ member and the chair man of children and youth section of Polish Filmmakers Association from Poland- has announced “Irina – The Scarlet Briefcase directed by Bernard Mazauric, 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.

First CIFEJ International Media Conference; CIFEJ Days in China and Ukraine

Published on 23/10/2013 at 06:35

CIFEJ Press Release

“CIFEJ Days” was held in Kharkov, Ukraine from September 22 to 28, 2013 with the close collaboration of the CIFEJ Headquarters in Tehran and the International Children Television Festival “Dytiatko” which was opened officially on September 25th.

This event was held few days after the very successful CIFEJ presence in China during 12th China International Children's Film Festival-CICFF which was organized by the Respectful CIFEJ member of the board Dr. Hou Keming, Professor of Beijing Film Academy, Chairperson of China Children's Film Association, and President of China International Children's Film Festival [To see the picture report of the CIFEJ Animation workshop, you are invited to visit Gallery on the CIFEJ website. Other photos pictures will be added in few days, as well].

During the “CIFEJ Days” in Kharkov- the peak of success among all the programmes of CIFEJ in the new term- the First CIFEJ International Media Conference“Global Village, Children, Television and Cinemawas held.

Filmscript workshop “From Idea to Film scriptwriting” conducted by the eminent Iranian filmmaker  “Rasoul Sadr Ameli” and animation and documentary film workshop  conducted by the CIFEJ member of the Board “ Maikki Kantola”for  children and young adults  were among other programmes of the CIFEJ day in Kharkov.

The prize of CIFEJ  was awarded tothe film “All for one”,Television and Radio Company Sigma, programme Teenager (city of Lozova, Ukraine) and the director Daryna Liubshyna.

CIFEJ PRIZE Winner films in previously held festivals in different parts of the world: A Flame in the Wind, director: Farhad Mehranfar; Harun- Arun, director: Vinod Ganatra; Red like the Sky, director: Cristiano Bortone; Themba, A boy called Hope, director: Stefanie Sycholt;  were screened during the festival at children’s schools.

The board of CIFEJ met on September 26thand 27that the Hotel Kharkov conference room to discuss about the future of CIFEJ and its programmes. Organisation of the next CIFEJ General Assembly, initiation of a CIFEJ Club specialized for Children to be familiar with the art of filmmaking suggested and followed up by the Secretary General of CIFEJ, and considering new requests for membership were among the main issues discussed.    

President of CIFEJ in Chinese Children's Film Festival

Published on 19/09/2013 at 15:51

Mrs. Firdoze Bulbulia, the President of CIFEJ and the International Jury Member of the 12th China International Children’s Film Festival together with other CIFEJ members and international guests involed in Children's film industry from various parts of the world actively participated in the 2- day " Int'l Children's Film Forum" held during the festival (12/13  Sep., 2014).

CIFEJ Film Workshop in China

Published on 18/09/2013 at 17:01

CIFEJ Film workshops were held successfully during the 12th China International Children’s Film Festival (September 10th to 14th, 2013) in Jilin Province by the CIFEJ Board member, Maikki Kantola from 8 a.m. for children and 9 a.m. for the adults till about 5 p.m.

During these workshops which were full of fun and at the same time educative, children and young people made several animations and documentary films.

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.

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.

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