Iranian Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, in a brief speech at the ceremony, said, "Mid- to late February reminds us of two things: Anniversary of the victory of Islamic Revolution and Iran's cinema celebration. I extend congratulations to Iran's cinema industry which made it world-famous in the past four decades.
"Like Iranian literature at its apex, Iran's cinema industry includes human, poetic, intellectual and storytelling aspects and an amalgamation of these four elements is making Iran's cinema moving toward further victories."
A number of Iranian directors and thespians including Mohsen Kiaee, Mostafa Kiaee, Rasoul Sadr-Ameli, Linda Kiani, Masoud Dehnamaki, Pejman Bazeghi, Azadeh Zarei, Bahram Radan, Amin Hayaee and Hasan Pourshirazi also attended the event, IRNA reported.
Late Iranian filmmaker Ali Mo'allem was honored at the inauguration ceremony in the presence of his family.
Noted cineaste Mohammad-Ali Najafi who directed his first feature film in 1979 and has made 15 short, feature and documentary films as well as TV series so far was another figure to be honored at the ceremony.
Najafi directed the popular historical TV series 'Sarbedaran' in 1983. He has also acted in the historical series 'In the Wind's Eye' (2003-08) and 'The Enigma of the Shah' (2016-17).
The festival also paid homage to the famed voice actor Manouchehr Esmaili.
'Confiscation', 'In the Levant Time', 'Bomb, A Romantic' and 'Lottery' were the movies that were warmly received by the audience in public screenings on the first day of the festival.
Founded in 1982, FFF is Iran's largest annual film festival. The event displays creative achievements of cineastes and awards top quality local films. Since its establishment, it has played a vital role in the development of Iranian cinema.
Supervised by Iran's Culture Ministry, the festival hosts veteran directors and new filmmakers from Iran every year.
The event kicked off on February 1, 2018 and is due to continue until February 11.