‘Day Off’ Wins Best Short Film at DIY Fest.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


‘Day Off’ Wins Best Short Film at DIY Fest.
فیلم مرخصیIranian short film ‘Day Off’ directed by AIdin Pedari has won the Best Short Film award at the World Cinema section at the 14th DIY Film Festival in Santa Monica, USA.

The 14th edition of DIY Film Festival was held online in Santa Monica, USA. Films from France, Egypt, Australia, UK, Bulgrai, Romania, Lebanon, Spain, and Canada were vying alongside with two Iranian titles for the best prize.



Iranian Musician Selected for JUNO Awards Jury
Iranian musician selected for JUNO Awards juryIranian musician, orchestra conductor, pianist and composer Maziar Heidari was a member of the panel of jury at the Canadian music festival 2017 JUNO Awards which was held from March 27 to April 2, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.

The JUNO Awards evolved from an industry awards event to a weeklong festival that travels city to city across the country. It encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry/networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent.

According to the festival’s website, the DIY is the first and the only cyclic movie event focusing entirely on counterculture and its creative influence on surrounding reality.



Iranian Snooker Player Ascends 12 Places in Global Rankings
Iranian professional snooker player Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (file photo)Iranian professional snooker player Hossein Vafaei Ayouri has climbed 12 spots in the latest global ranking and nestled in the 64th place, thanks to his brilliant performance at the 2017 China Open.

The 22-year-old Iranian defeated English professional snooker player Joe Perry 5-2 in his first encounter of the 2017 China Open, which took place between March 27 and April 2 at the Beijing University Students' Gymnasium in the Chinese capital city of Beijing.




Iran Stands Fourth in U-19 Event
Iran stands fourth in U-19 eventIran was defeated by China 1-3 (25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 19-25) in the third-place playoff match of the 11th Asian Youth Boys Volleyball Championship, to finish in the fourth place.

In the final showdown of the meet, Japan powered past South Korea in straight sets to win the title of the Asian tourney, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Since 2001, Iran has taken part in nine editions of the Asian meet and has reached the final in eight consecutive editions. The Iranian squad has won the title seven times in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The Iranian squad had powered past Thailand 3-0 in a comfortable straight sets (25-16, 25-19 and 25-19) in the quarterfinals at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Myanmar’s capital city of Naypyidaw to book its place in the 15th Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Boys’ U-19 World Championship (2017) in Bahrain.


Iranian Referee to Judge at FIVB Grand Prix
والیبالInternational Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has invited Iran’s Mohammad Shahmiri to judge at 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

The 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix will be the 25th edition of the annual women's international volleyball tournament played by 32 teams between 7 July and 6 August.

Shahmiri remains as the only Iranian referee who judges at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). He has previously arbitrated at Olympic Games, World League and World Cup among the others.




Two Iranian karatekas lead WKF Ranking
Two Iranian karatekas lead WKF RankingIranian karatekas Amir Mehdizadeh and Sajjad Ganjzadeh stood first in their weight categories in the latest World Karate Federation’s (WKF) Ranking, released following the third stage of the 2017 WKF Karate 1 Premier League in Dubai, the UAE.

Following Iran, Spain (three golds and four bronzes) and Italy (two golds and two silvers) finished in the second and third places respectively.




4 Iranians Among World’s Top Freestyle Wrestlers
حسن یزدانی حسن رحیمیAccording to the latest ranking of the United World Wrestling by the end of March 2017, four Iranian freestyle wrestlers are among the top three wrestlers in the world at various weight categories.

According to the ranking, Mostafa Hosseini Khani and Hassan Yazadni stand at the second place at 70kg and 86kg, while Hassan Rahimi and Koleil Ghasemi stand at the third place at 57kg and 125kg.




Guinness World Records lists Iranian Paralympic Athletes
ورزشکاران پارالمپیکی Names of four Paralympic athletes and one Iranian team have been added to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Siamand Rahman, Majid Farzin, Zahra Nemati and Morteza Mehrzad are the four Iranian Paralympic athletes whose names have been registered in the Guinness Book of Records which is a reference book published annually, listing world records and national records.



Iran to Host 1st Asian Para Archery Tournament in November
The Islamic Republic of Iran is going to host the first edition of the Asian Paralympic Archery Tournament between November 6 and November 11, 2017. (Illustrative photo)The Islamic Republic of Iran is going to host the first edition of the Asian Paralympic  Archery Tournament later this year.

President of Para Archery Association at the Islamic Republic of Iran National Paralympic Committee (IRINPC), Majid Kahtari, said on Tuesday that the World Archery Federation (WA) finally agreed to the competition following protracted negotiations between Iranian sports officials and WA authorities.

Kahtari added that the first edition of the Asian Paralympic Archery Tournament is scheduled to kick off in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on November 6, and will conclude on November 11, 2017.


Iran’s Molaei Wins Bronze at Tbilisi Grand Prix 2017
Iran’s Molaei wins bronze at Tbilisi Grand Prix 2017Iranian judoka Saeid Molaei snatched bronze in the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2017 – held in Georgia – on Saturday.

The -81kg judoka defeated England's Owen Livesey in the third-place playoff match to receive its bronze medal, Tasnim News Agency reported.

A total of 11 Iranian judokas took part in the tournament which was held during March 31-April 2.

The Tbilisi Grand Prix 2017 brought 280 judokas from 38 countries together.



*Sources: Mehr-News, Iran-Daily, Tehran-Times, Press-TV