Several Iranian cinematic productions have been selected to compete at the 2012 Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia’s Tatarstan Republic. Reza Mirkarimi’s A Cube of Sugar, Mohammad Ali Hashemzehi’s documentary Sechkan and Fereydoun Hassanpour’s Ziba and I are to vie with many visual creations participating from around the world at the eighth edition of the festival held in the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan. This year’s festival which is scheduled to focus on the theme of “Through Dialogue of Cultures to Culture of Dialogue” is held in competitive and noncompetitive sections.
Iranian filmmakers Habibollah Bahmani's Apple and Selma and Mohammad-Reza Abbasian's Girls were screened at the last year’s edition of the festival while Apple and Selma was warmly received by the film lovers, journalists and critics at the event.Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema also known as the Golden Minbar International Film Festival is held as a place for regular meetings and an exchange of experience between filmmakers from Russia and Islamic countries. The purpose of the festival is creation of an objective representation of Islam and Muslims in Russia and international community. Organized as an annual forum of cinematographers in 2005, the 2012 edition of the festival, which kicked off on September 5, will run until September 11. FGP/SS