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.
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.