According to the official website of the TISFF, the 39th edition of the event will be held from the 19th to 24th of October and focuses on the local cinema concept and diversity of genre in short films in general.

Short films will compete in two international and national sections in four categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental.

Tehran festival was first held as the first film festival for short and feature 8 and 16-mm amateur movies in Iran in early 1970s.

After the Islamic Revolution, the competition of amateur cinema was held at the “ajr Film Festival in 1982. Then, it was rebranded as the Youth Cinema Festival and International Youth Cinema Festival which were focused on the young generation and the competition was in three fields: Films, Still Photography, and Screenplays.

In 2003, by the digital developments, some fundamental changes took were made in the festival and the event became a specialized festival for short films, so that its title changed to Tehran International Short Film Festival.