The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults, (Kanoon), has existed since 1965. It was set up to both promote the artistic and cultural development of children and encourage production in a variety of cultural fields.
Since its foundation in 1969 through the initiative of Abbas Kiarostami and Noureddin Zarrinkelk, the cinema section of Kanoon has gone from strength to strength, enabling young film makers to take their first professional steps.
One of the section’s first acts was to ask a number of film directors to make five thought provoking films destined for children and teenagers.
Konoon’s first productions, seven shorts, came out in 1971.
· Aghaye Hayoula (Mr Monster) by Farshid Messghali / 8min.
· Sou-e Tafahom (The Misunderstanding) by Farshid Messghali / 4min25.
· Guereftar (The Trapped Arrow) by Arapik Baghdassarian / 3min36.
· Vazneh Bardar (The Weightlifter) by Arapik Baghdassarian / 6min.
Black and white short fiction :
· Bad badeh by Mohammad-Reza Asslani / 29min.
· Amou Sibillou (Uncle Moustache) by Bahram Beyzaï / 28min.
· Nan va Koutcheh (Bread and Alley) by Abbas Kiarostami / 10min.
Kanoon at present produces an average of 10 films a year including shorts and features, documentaries and animation and has, since its inception, produced over 2000 hours of film.
Kanoon also plays an important role in national and international cultural development by not only publishing books and literary works and but also by both organising and sponsoring children’s books exhibitions, workshops, debates and seminars, artistic competitions and theatre and cinema festivals, notably the biennial Tehran Animated Film Festival.
Among Kanoon’s most well-known features figure:
· The Traveller (1974) by Abbas Kiarostami
· The Runner (1985) by Amir Naderi
· Bashu the little Stanger (1986) by Bahram Beyzaï
· The Key (1986) by Ebrahim Forouzesh
· Where Is My Friend’s House? (1987) by Abbas Kiarostami.
· The Jar (1994) by Ebrahim Forouzesh
· Children of Heaven (1997) by Majid Majidi
And mention should also be made of the number of high quality animated shorts that have been released in various programmes throughout France since 2001:
· Les Contes de la Mère Poule by F. Torabi, Morteza Ahadi & Vajiollah Fard-e Moghadam
· Contes Persans by M. Moghadam, Mozaffar & Ramin Sheydaee, V. Fard-e Moghadam & Fatemeh Goudarzi
· La Montagne aux Bijoux… by Mohammad-Reza Abedi & Abdollah Alimorad
· Le Petit Monde de Bahador by Behzad Farahat, Ali Asgharzadeh & Abdollah Alimorad
· Contes Persans 2 by Ali-Akbar Sadeghi, Parviz Naderi, Nazanin Sobhan Sarbandi, Farkhondeh Torabi, Fatemeh Goudarzi, Alireza Chitaee
· Le Corbeau et un Drôle de Moineau by Morteza Ahad, M. Soleymanzadeh & Abdollah Alimorad
· L’Ecureuil qui Voyait tout en Vert by Behzad Farahat & Nahid Shamsdoust
· Vent de Folie à la Ferme by Aviz Mirfakhraï, Ahmad Arabani & Abdollah Alimorad