Oliver Villanove from France, Flor Carnales Bastidas from Spain and Seyda Cevik from Turkey are among the overseas contenders at the event, which is annually organized by the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA).

Alicia Dongjoo Bang from Korea, Kiran Kantilal Shah from Australia, Ahmad Hossein Zaher from and Zohreh Sharifi from Afghanistan are other foreign participants in the festival, which will be organized from December 17 to 20.

In addition, a number of Iranian storytellers have also been selected to perform in the international category.

Fatemeh Ruhirahim, Esmaeil Zabihi, Parisa Sedai, Golshan Hassanvand, Najmeh Ahadzadeh, Somayyeh Amiri, Maryam Fahimpur and Farzad Shirmohammadi are the Iranian storytellers.

The storytellers have been picked from about 400 persons who made submissions to the organizers.

The performances in this section will be judged by actress Mahtab Keramati and writer and journalist Mansur Zabetian, both from Iran, and Kasper Sorensen from Denmark.

Celebrated Iranian children’s writer Hushang Moradi Kermani, actors Ehteram Borumand and Leili Rashidi, and literary scholar Ali Khanjani will judge the national section of the festival.

The festival aims to pomote storytelling traditions among the younger generation.

Source:Tehran Times