The agreement was prepared with the aim of providing the means to develop cinema, produce films, hold festivals and film markets and promote educational aspects.
Iran's Experimental and Documentary Film Center (EDFC) Managing Director Mohammad Afarideh, Farabi Cinematic Foundation Director Majid Shah-Hosseini, and Director of Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS) Naser Bakideh were among the participants, Tehran Times reported.
Jafari-Jelveh was first to address the gathering and said that the message of ECO to the world is to return to the original identity and culture of mankind, the culture which is intertwined with religion, morality and spirituality.
He expressed hope that the ECO Cultural Institute would act as a link between members and help depict their common interest and cultures through the language of cinema.
ECO director Rajabi also spoke and expressed his thanks to the deputy culture and the efforts carried out by the culture ministry and said, "The ECO Cultural Institute is active in 10 countries and this memorandum is a beginning for bilateral activities between the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the ECO Cultural Institute."
He noted that lack of knowledge about the culture, economy, and society of the member countries is a weak point for the region and stated, "We can remove obstacles and foster increased relations between the private and public sectors of countries by means of cinematic productions."
Rajabi expressed hope that the agreement will be a starting point for boosting collaboration in the fields of production, business, education, and joint investment.
Based on the report, the agreement recognizes the scientific and economic potentials of ECO member countries in the field of cinema, and assists them in organizing film festivals within Iran and other ECO member countries as well as collaborating in the side-section of the Fajr film festival, children's festival, the short film festival, and Cinema Verite.
Producing joint cinematic works, providing the framework for cinematic officials and cineastes to recognize the potential of individual ECO member countries by holding tours and meetings are also mentioned in the MOU.