Spotlight on Iran's film industry
20 August 2015 Last updated at 12:08 BST
Western films are rarely shown in Iranian cinemas and the movie industry struggles with budgets and outdated equipment.
But after the signing of a nuclear deal between Iran and the six major world powers, film makers and movie goers hope sanctions will be lifted and their options expanded.
The BBC's Kim Ghattas reports from Tehran, she has spent a week in Iran - the longest period a BBC correspondent has been granted permission to report there since 2009.