Culture Ministry to punish directors of unauthorized Iranian entries to foreign events

Iranian filmmakers will face governmental punitive action if their films are found participating in foreign events without a license for a foreign premiere from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

“Directors will be banned from filmmaking for one year if their films, which have not received a license for foreign screening, are shown at international events,” Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdarii said during a press conference on Tuesday.

“They will also be deprived of any governmental services for that duration,” he added.

The rule has been established to deter screening of Iranian movies that allegedly blemish the national image abroad.

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