The Youth, Graphic Design and Cartoon Sections opened on Friday and the Free Section and the "Image of an Artist" documentary film festival opened on Saturday, MNA reported.
At the opening ceremony on Friday, Seifollah Samadian lamented over the mismanagement of the forum saying that officials' promises to prepare two additional halls of the forum for this exhibition went unfulfilled.
"Due to the large quantities of artwork on display this year, it was not possible to showcase them in corridors and halls, forcing the works to go on display on LCD monitors at Beethoven and Nasseri Halls of the forum," he added.
Over 43,000 photos were submitted to the secretariat whereas about 12,000 to 13,000 photos are typically submitted to Iranian photo biennials, he mentioned.
He also paid tribute to deceased Iranian photographer Mohsen Rasoulof, who at the age of 25 lost his life recently in an air crash. Samadian went on to say that the Youth Section of the gala is dedicated to young artists 25 and under, just like Rasoulof.
Rasoulof had participated in 17 exhibitions and produced three short films in his last year of life which demonstrated his talent and interest in art, he mentioned.
Although the exhibit was a non-competitive one, the young artists in the three sections of cartoon, photo and graphic design, will be competing for Mohsen Rasoulov Award.
About 230 films in the form of short films, documentaries, video art, and animations will go on screen during the event as well as 28 films shot from Abbas Kiarostami's workshop on the theme of "Door," "Wind" and "Wind blows wherever it wants." They will be screened in three intervals each day, he mentioned.
The program will continue through December 19 at the forum that is located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.