The opening ceremony, held on Thursday, was broadcasted by the IRIB Ofoq Channel.
All screenings of the gala are being streamed online through the Ammaryar platform due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nader Talebzadeh, director of the festival, said a selection of 17 films will go on screen in the official competition and the festival is a venue for young filmmakers to show critical art productions and films.
Speaking at the ceremony, he also noted that the festival has been established for those who want to help the Islamic Revolution.
A number of feature films, documentaries, short films and animations are competing during the festival.
The APFF goes against the promotion of “individualism and extreme enjoyment without caring about the society's troubles and other human suppression,” the event’s official website noted.
The public screenings of the selected films will be held in autumn 2021 in various Iranian cities.
The festival also enjoys an international version (AIPFF) which aims “to raise real awareness and responsibility among the general public,” the AIPFF website reads, adding that the event’s mission is to create an atmosphere in which independent filmmakers and thinkers can gather together.