The Office of Cultural Studies for the Islamic Revolution, an Iranian non-governmental organization that enjoys support from high-ranking officials in the Iranian government, will hold the 4th annual Ammar Popular Film Festival (APFF) in Tehran from January 3-11, 2014.
The film festival, which is named after one of the companions of the Prophet Mohammad, is soliciting films on anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic topics. These include: “False-flag attacks: The September 11th attacks, the role of the Zionist Lobby and neocons, the Israeli attack to USS Liberty,” “the power of the Zionist Lobby in the US and Europe, including Christian Zionism,” “ The role of Israeli Lobbies in promoting war,” and “Resistance against Zionist, not only in Palestine but also in USA and Europe.” The best submissions will be entered into a competition.
The aforementioned categories only appear on the festival’s English language website, which may suggest that organizers are specifically seeking submissions from extremists that have previously been given a platform in Iran.
Considering the conspiratorial topics for this year’s submissions, it is no surprise that the APFF has attracted interest from anti-Semites from outside Iran, including American anti-Semites such as Holocaust denier Michael Hoffman, the editor of the conspiratorial Veterans Today, Gordon Duff, and frequent Press TV contributor Mark Glenn.
American anti-Semites have been frequent participants in anti-Semitic and Holocaust denying conferences in Iran, often under the guise of promoting cultural and academic understanding. They also frequently appear on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satellite news network.
Last year’s APFF included a meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who encouraged the audience to incorporate political messages into films. He stated, “…certain organizations which promote western art such as Hollywood are completely political. If it is not like this, why do they not allow Iranian films which are anti-Zionist to be nominated at film festivals?”