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.

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.    

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.

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