Press TV, Mashhad
Iran's city of Mashhad has hosted the 2nd edition of the Imam Reza Media Festival. The event is aimed at acknowledging the best media works themed with the eighth Shia Imam, Ali ibn Musa al-Reza, whose shrine is located in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad. Press TV's Yusef Jalali reports.
This festival seeks to honor media productions that best introduce Imam Reza, Shia Muslims' eighth Imam.
Organized by the Custodianship of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, known as Astan Quds Razavi, the media festival awards cash prizes to documentary films, news reports, music clips, and motion graphic content among others themed on the personality of Imam Reza.
Imam Reza was born in 766 AD in the Saudi city of Medina. He is one of the descendants of Islam's Prophet, Mohammad.
Imam Reza holds a special position among Iranians as he spent his last years of life in the Iranian city of Mashhad, which was known back then as Tous.
This love for the Imam draws millions of his lovers to his magnificently decorated shrine every year.
This is the second edition of the Imam Reza Media Festival.
Astan Quds Razavi says so far, there has been a rise in the number of works submitted from foreign countries.
It hopes that with increased participation rates from international media activists, the personality of Imam Reza will be introduced to a wider audience across the world.
Organizers say this festival will create a competitive atmosphere among media activists and this will help boost the quality of productions themed with Imam Reza; the ultimate goal, they say, is to better introduce the character of the Shia Imam and his instructions to the world.