Tue Sep 12, 2017 06:22PM
Iranian movie artists, fans and officials celebrate National Day of Cinema at Khane Cinema (House of Cinema) in the capital city of Tehran on September 10, 017. (Photo by Mehr news agency)
Iranian movie artists, fans and officials celebrate National Day of Cinema at Khane Cinema (House of Cinema) in the capital city of Tehran on September 10, 017. (Photo by Mehr news agency)

Iranians celebrate National Day of Cinema across the country, marking the 117th anniversary of introduction of the art form in the country.

On September 12 each year, Iranian artists, movie fans and officials celebrate the occasion across the country.

This year, the northeastern city of Mashhad hosted the first of the anniversary ceremonies throughout the country on Sunday, as the city has been introduced by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) as one of the three cultural capitals of the Muslim world. Other cities, including the capital, also hosted special events in celebration of the anniversary.

Cinema was first introduced in Iran by Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, the fifth Qajar king of Persia, in 1900, five years after Lumière brothers first created cinematograph in 1985.

Iranian films have garnered international fame with world-renowned critics from around the world lauding the Iranian cinema as one of the world's most important artistic works.

Over the past three decades, a range of international film festivals have honored Iranian cinema for its distinct style, themes and cultural references.

Iranian film masterpieces continue to attract global attention at prestigious international festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Academy Awards, the Venice Film Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival.

Aside from a long list of globally-renowned Iranian directors, actors and actresses and movies artists, many movie critics consider late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami as one of the few great directors in the history of cinema.

The following is a selection of photos of National Day of Cinema celebrations in Iran: