About Us






IRIB1, the oldest TV channel in the Islamic Republic of Iran & the Middle East, have covered an expansive range of audiences in any age group in the last 35 years.
In the 25 years after the Islamic Revolution, IRIB1 has successfully endeavored through designing, planning, production, & broadcasting TV programs to reach its main duties including the Islamic & Revolutionary values, national unity, public understanding, sympathy & trust between the public & the regime as well as contributing to a bright future & an elevated morale for the audience.
IRIB1 is composed of 7 units of data & programming, program provider, projects & programs, public affairs, technical section, & production & broadcasting general offices. This TV channel also cherishes 11 independent programming groups including films & serials, economics, politics, culture, history & art, family, children & young adults, sport & recreation, knowledge, epic & defence, society, & Islamic culture & sciences. There are also several groups joint-producing with some organizations & institutions that mainly produce and broadcast their programs under IRIB1.







Though independently designed and executed, CINEMA1 as a TV program has its roots in its producers' previous experiences in the field of similar programs on film & cinema, such as CINEMA2 & CINEMA4 which were initiated by the same production group. Although we should not forget that IRIB1 has started its activities in this field for a long time by broadcasting unique programs such as The Seventh Art and The Cinema of Reflections.

The 66-part CINEMA4 initiated by the same group in CINEMA1 & broadcast between 2000 & 2002 was received by an enthusiastic audience and a big step forward compared to CINEMA2. Taking advantage of differing and precise opinions by the leading Iranian critics & experts in this program helped the audience reach a more thorough and clear understanding of the films and their directors. It goes without saying that the program, in spite of its advantages & strong points, suffered from some inevitable defects of which the producers of CINEMA1 have tried to dispose.
The producers' aim in this program is to present the audience with a program based on deeply artistic & cultural approaches, and they hope the program will be modern in its visual structure as well as being interesting and useful in its content.
CINEMA1 tries to maintain its dynamicity & flexibility with the aid of its interaction with the audience's opinions, so it will be broadcast weekly and in a flexible form based on the feedback it receives from the spectators.







Ismail Bani Ardalan was born in 1957 in Tehran and has an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Art Research. Since 1986 he has been the manager of the Research Department in Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) and from 1997 the president of Cinema/Theater College. Also he is the manager of the Philosophy of Art department in Art Academy and is a member of the Art Supreme Council. He has written articles for Farabi quarterly, Nameh Honar and Nameh Farhang. Also he is busy with activities like holding Art Philosophy conferences in the Contemporary Art Museum.

Mansour Barahimi was born in 1956 in Khash and has a BA in Dramatic Literature and Playwriting. In addition to having some primary experience in Children’s Theater and teaching in the Cinema/Theater College, he has established Aieen Cinema/Theater group that has staged plays every year since 1989. Research, writing and translation in the field of theater and cinema comprises most of his activities, among them: compiling Shakespeare & Cinema and Romance & Drama, writing KHAR DAJAL and the translation of Play &The Play features, Macbird, Acting Panoramas, Play Directing, An Interpretation of Ancient Greek Tragedies, Teaching Acting In the 20th Century, & The Indian Theater. Cowriting The Birth of a Butterfly, The Victorious Fighter and Senobar, and cooperating with magazines such as Farabi Quarterly, Namayesh, Sahneh and Khial Quarterly are among his other activities.

Majid Sheikh Ansari was born in 1970 in Aligoudarz and has a BA in cinema directing and an MA in cinema. In addition to teaching directing, script-writing and film analysis in colleges & universities such as Cinema/Theater, Soureh and Jahad Daneshgahi, he was the director of cinema section in Cinema/Theater College from 1999 till 2000. He has also been busy in the fields of research, TV directing, producing and production managing.

Mohammad Afarideh was born in 1962 in Tehran and has a BA in Theology. After studying Cinema in the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults, he started working in the following fields:
- 1979 till 1983 in the Amateur Filming Islamic Center related to the cultural activities of Television;
- 1983 till 1995 as the Cultural Cinema expert in the Farabi Cinema Foundation;
- 1995 till 1998 in the Program Provision Department of IRIB responsible for providing the foreign films;
- 1998 till 2001 as the production manager of the Society of Young Iranian Cinema who arranged and planned more than 700 short films;
Membership of the establishment board of the Center of Screenwriters of the Iranian cinema, a member of Kanoon Central organization for two years, writing screenplays for some films and TV serials such as the TV serial Simorgh, planning and producing some TV programs such as "Different Cinema" & "Short Film" are among his other activities. He is the managing director of the Center for Documentary and Experimental Cinema and the Supervisor of the Society of Young Iranian Cinema.

Ali Seif was born in 1964 in Nahavand. He has a BA in cinematography and an MA in art research. He was the production manager & the assistance director of some documentaries such as The Mystery of the Sea and The Iron Story, and has been the editor-in-chief & critic in Culture & Cinema Monthly (1993); the cultural expert in Farabi Cinema Foundation (1994) and writer in Payam Radio Channel (1995); executive manager of programming in the Iranian Radio (1996); manager of planning and programming in IRIB2 (1996); manager of sports & competitions of IRIB2 (1998). He has been the office director & the executive consultant and the public relations manager in IRIB1 since 1990.


Shahab Esfandyari was born in 1978 in Isfahan and has a BA in Cinema Directing and an MA in Cinema. His activities are as follows: making short films such as Seven Narratives and The Return to the Bleak House; cooperating with newspapers and magazines from 1996 and printing several notes, articles, translations, critiques, and 2 researches in the field of the Iranian Cinema, being the editor of Art section in Siasat-e-Rouz Daily and being a member in the cultural board of SimaFilm and the board of films and serials in IRIB1 are his other activities. He has been the manager of Program Provision Department for IRIB1 since January 2002.






Director & Producer
Mohammad Hamidi Moghaddam
was born in 1968 in Hamadan. He has a BA in cinematography and an MA in cinema. He started his activities in the field of cinema in 1983 by designing and animation making; and since 1985 started filmmaking with some short films in The Young Cinema Society. After experiencing the production & managing of some 35mm shorts & TV programs between 1991 and 1995, he started producing in 1996. Among his works are:
Making the tele-theater Fish and TV programs such as One Week with Kanoon, Young Cinema Festival, Fajr Film Festival, Cinema2, Karbala Historians, Mola Sadra World Congress, Children & Young Adults Books & Journal Festivals, Cinema4 (1st Period), three periods of Tehran Animation International Festival; designing & producing the TV serial Sun Flower; providing and producing cultural trailers such as The Young Cinema Festival, Jam-e-Jam Newspaper, Soroush Weekly, also the trailers and video-clips of the 3rd & 4th Cinema Festival.

Production Manager
Amir Lotfian
was born in 1960 in Hamadan. He passed the Islamic Filming Course and has a BA in cinematography. He started photography and film shooting in 1982 which has resulted in shooting some 35 & 16 mm shorts, several films and TV programs, and producing short films Thirsty for Light and Dawn of Love. Being a planner, consultant, and executive manager of cultural activities and film festivals is among his main activities of which the following are noteworthy: Executive Manager of the Young Cinema Festival from 1991 to 1994 and having executive cooperation with Fajr International Film Festival, International Children and Young Adults Festival and Provincial Productions Festival. He is one of the establishers and executive managers of Tehran Animation International Festival since its first year, and also he has been the executive manager of Majid Majidi's memorial ceremony.

Writer (Filmmaker Introduction & Film Analysis)
Abbas Baharlou
was born in 1958 in Abadan He started his cinema activities in 1973 in the field of filmmaking for the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults in free cinema (in Abadan). In the last two decades, he has been active in arranging film screenings in the Iran's National Film house, writing for newspapers and the TV, and writing books on cinema. In addition to writing TV programs such as Cinema2 & Cinema4 (The first period), he has written more than 30 books among which are Researching The History of Criticism, Iran's Filmography, Point of View in Cinema, The Tragedy of Iranian Cinema of Comedy, Introducing & Critiques on the Films by Ali Hatami and other filmmakers.

Writer & Researcher (Trailer, Site Info & Translation)
Mahdi Foroudgahi
was born in 1973 in Hamadan and has an MA in Law. He started filmmaking in 1988 and has cooperated with the related magazines since 1981 that have resulted in making 6 short films and publishing some texts about cinema & literature. His main job has been writing, translating, and editing. Editing more than 20 books and cinema catalogues, compiling books like The Waking Dreams & the Rain, the editorship of cinema festivals' daily bulletins, membership in the board of selection and judgment in film festivals, research in the field of short films and teaching in the screenwriting institutions all over the country is among his main activities. Screenwriting for TV programs such as Sun Flower, Now Mehr, The Global Congress of Mulla Sadra, Children & Adults Journal & Book Festivals, 3 Editions of Tehran Animation International Festival, The 3rd & 4th Sima Festivals, Cinema4 are among his works. Writing the trailers for more than 35 Iranian & foreign films being distributed in the TV and cinema theaters, narration for documentaries and the texts of trailers are also among his works. He is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and at the time being he is working as lawyer along with his artistic activities.

Lighting and Cinematography
Masoud Amini Tirani
was born in 1971 in Najafabad and has a BA in cinema. Among his works are:
Directing 6 short films; Directing the serial Sun Flower in 26 parts for the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults; Directing & Filming the documentary serial Water and Earth in 20 parts for SimaFilm; Filming two TV serials named Little Foresters & Hopeful Days, several documentaries, video clips, TV programs and teaching in the Iranian Young Cinema Society.

Ali Asghar Sa'ebi
was born in 1975 in Najafabad and has a BA in TV directing. He has had cooperations with the TV and Cinema Affairs of the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults and edited different programs. He has been working since 1997 in the Broadcasting Department of IRIB and at the time being is working in IRIB2.


Video Graphic
Bahman Shahravan
was born in 1980 in Tehran and has a BSc in Texture. Making Acetaminophen, Sleeping in the Dark & That Cops Were Chasing You, assisting the directors in TV serials such as Oral Day
and Till Friday, directing the serial of Dishonest Cacti are among his works. Producing trailers and editing are his main occupations; among them the editing of Cinema4 can be mentioned.

Dress & Stage Designer
Monir Razi-zadeh
was born in 1964 in Khoramshahr and has a BA in stage design. In addition to teaching computer graphics, designing & painting, she has worked as the stage designer in the movie The Backward World, the short film David, and TV programs Three-dimensional, Sun Flower, & Cinema4.


Maryam Nashibi
was born in 1946 in Tehran and has a BS in economic geography. She started broadcasting in radio & TV from 1979. In radio broadcasting, besides broadcasting news and cooperation in daily and weekly programs, she has been performing Good Night, Kiddy every night since 1990. Also in the TV, in addition to broadcasting in scientific and academic documentaries and Cinema2 & Cinema4, performing the programs of The Eternal Voices and Norouz Day are among her works.

Mehran Doosti
was born in 1956 in Nour and has a BSc in the Mechanics and Water Purification from USA. In 1980, at the same time that he became the Production Manager of Gilan TV, he started working in this field. Radio presentation was his main job during the 8-year war. In the past few years, he has been the broadcaster of several radio programs. Having cooperation in TV programs like Cinema2 & Cinema4 and also trailers are among his activities in this field.

Composer for the Beginning Credit
Albert Araklian
was born in 1965 in Tehran and has a BA in music composition. He began playing music when he was 9 years old, and after a while started composing and editing music. He started composing for promotional films and documentaries from 1996 and spent some time in Armenia studying music. He started his cooperation with the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults in 1997 which resulted in composing music for the following films & TV programs: The Red Pencil, The Black Crow, The Most Beautiful Song, Ahmad Should Ask, The Children and Young Adults Journals & Books Festival. He won the best music award in the 1st Best Commercials. His other musical works are as follows:
Programs: Cinema4, 1st Tehran Animation International Festival, The Global Congress of Mulla Sadra, Majid Majidi's memorial ceremony;
Documentary: Iran's Wild Life (with the cooperation of SimaFilm & BBC), The Automobile Manufacturers, The Petrochemistry, The Oil, The Unmarked Men, Hafezieh Residence and several promotional films. Composing and performing musical pieces are among his activities. At the time being, he is busy composing music for a film titled email directed by Majid Hedayati and Hiva Masih's poetry.

Composer for the End Credit
Arya Azimi-nejad
was born in 1973 in Tehran and has a BA in music. He started playing music in 1987 and after a while started composing and editing music. One of his goals is to mix local and regional music of Iran with Pop music. Composing for the following plays made him a nominee for the best music in the Fajr International Theater Festival: Over the Mirror, The Wolf & the Ewe, TALKH BAZI GHAMAR DAR AGHRAB, Three Years and Half, Ezhdehak, The Bridal Hotel. Composing for the following programs are among his works:
TV serials: The Doctors, Dishonest Cacti, The Last Ring, Ambush & Our House;
Short Films: Three Sisters, The Bag, The Last Lesson, There is No Wind Blowing Behind;
Movies: The Lucky Bride and also 50 minutes of video clips for IRIB4.

Other Cinema1 Colleagues:

Narrators’ Supervisor:
Qulam Ali Afsharieh

Illustration & Graphic of Analysis:
Mohammad Rangchian

3D Animation:
Meisam Keshavarz

Logo Designer:
Reza Abedini

Production Assistance:
Hamid Mahdavifar

Production Coordination:
Hadi Pourhamedi
Siamak Safar

Digital System Technical Director:
Hassan Souri
Houssein Souri

Website Colleagues:
Alireza Yooshi
Mohsen Mastari Farahani
Reza Irandoust
Vahid Naqshineh

Special thanks to:
Niavaran Cultural Center
Cinema/Theater College of Art University
Farabi Cinema Foundation
Tehran Intercity Railway
IRIB foreign programs provision office
IRIB Dubbing Office
Archives & Libraries Office
IRIB Information Office
IRIB Technical & Production Office
IRIB1 General Affairs
IRIB1 Information & Programming
IRIB1 Broadcasting

Studio & Technical Support:
Pouyesh Film Culture & Art Institute

Produced in:
IRIB1 Provision Office (2003)