By Laman Ismayilova

The 14th Silk Road Pearl Tashkent International Film Festival kicked off in the pavilion of the Uzbek Film Cinema Concern during the era of the cinema of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries, Azernews reports.

More than 300 cinematographers, directors, renowned artists and experts in the field of cinema from 35 countries have arrived in Tashkent to join the festival.

The Azerbaijani delegation includes director of the Azerbaijani film studio Nazim Huseynov, people’s artist Vagif Mustafayev, director and film critic Ayaz Salayev, directors and producers Oleg Safaraliyev, Asif Rustamov, Ilgar Najaf, people’s artists Gulyanag Mammadova , Gulyaz Mammadova.

The films Land by Ayaz Salayev and Sugra and her Sons by Ilgar Najaf will be screened as part of the Days of Azerbaijani Cinema within the framework of the festival.

A message from President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was read during the opening ceremony, reports Azernews, citing

The message was read by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Tourism and Sports Aziz Abdukhakimov.

“Today, in the context of globalization, the role and importance of cinema as the most popular and effective art form for bringing together different peoples and cultures, promoting the ideas of peace, friendship and humanism are increasing, and New Uzbekistan is striving to develop fruitful cooperation with countries near and far abroad in all other fields, including in the field of culture.

“A big practical step in this direction is the relaunch of the Tashkent International Film Festival, which has more than 50 years of history and traditions, under the new name Pearl of the Silk Road and held under the motto ” In the name of peace, enlightenment and progress,” the message read.

The 14th Silk Road Pearl Tashkent International Film Festival will last until October 3.

In addition, the star guests of the festival visited the new Uzbekfilm studio, visited the cinema and met young Uzbek filmmakers.

The festival program includes 150 feature films, documentaries and short films, most of which are winners of other international film competitions.

More than 20 events related to film production, education and film screenings are organized within the framework of the 14th Silk Road Pearl Tashkent International Film Festival.

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