Awards for Iranians’ Cultural Achievements

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

Romanian Contest Awards Iranian Cartoonist

Iranian cartoonist Fakhrodin Doust Mohammad has been honored at the 4th edition of International Cartoon Contest Urziceni 2009 in Romania.

Doust Mohammad’s work was hailed as "Best of Urziceni 2009" and received one of the ten special prizes of the contest along with the honorary diploma, Mehr News Agency has reported.

Some 117 cartoonists from 37 countries around the world took part in the contest programmed on the theme of “O tempora, o mores” (Oh the times!, Oh the customs!).

About 14 Iranian cartoonists participated in the competition to represent the country’s art at the field.

Urziceni 2009 which annually takes place in Romania is open to all cartoonists, both professional and amateurs.

Golden Smile Festival Awards Iranian Cartoonist

Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Mohammad Tabrizi has been awarded at the eighth edition of International Biennial of Caricature, The Golden Smile, in Belgrad, Serbia.

Mohammad Tabrizi has picked up the Bronze Medal along with a cash prize of EUR 500 at this year’s competition.

The festival’s Golden Medal went to the Serbian artist Zoran Petrovic, while the Russian cartoonist Andrei Popov received the Silver Medal of the contest.

The other Iranian cartoonist Ali Reza Pakdel, who also took part in the festival, along with some other selected artists received the contest’s Diploma.

Some 250 works by 165 cartoonists from 45 countries competed at the contest. The works were selected from among 1000 submitted ones.

The participants of the 2012 contest were required to illustrate their works with the theme of ‘Tennis’.

The exhibition of eighth International Biennial of Caricature is to kick off on December13 and will run until December 27, 2012

Iran ‘Last Step’ Honored at Kerala 2012 Intl. Festival

Iranian feature-length movie The Last Step directed by the actor and filmmaker Ali Mosaffa has been awarded at the 2012 Kerala International Film Festival (IFFK) in India.

Mosaffa’s The Last Step picked up the Special Jury Prize shared with Alain Gomis’s movie Today from Senegal.

The movie was screened at the Main Competition section of the 17th edition of the Indian festival.

Inspired by James Joyce's short story The Dead, the film recounts the story of a successful actress and the challenges she faces at work after the death of her husband.

Featuring world-renowned Iranian actress Leila Hatami,The Last Step is Mosaffa's second feature-length film that has been screened in several international events.

The film competed at the 2012 edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was screened at the Crystal Globe award of the Czech festival, held from June 29 to July 7, 2012.

The Last Step was also presented at the 12th edition of Osian's Cinefan Film Festival in India, 2012 edition of MedFilm international Festival in Italy as well as in Barbakan International Film Festival, Slovakia.

My Tribe by Gholam Reza Ramazani and Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love were other Iranian representatives presented at the World Cinema Section of the festival in Kerala.

The 17th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala took place at the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, from December 7 through 14, 2012.

Iranian Artist Parya Pouladvand Wins at German Contest

A female Iranian cartoonist Parya Pouladvand has been awarded at the international cartoon competition of Grafikatur 2012 in a German town, Lubben.

The artist Pouladvand has grabbed the Silver Feather award of this year’s competition.

The deaf born 26-year-old cartoonist Pouladvand has been honored for the second time at this German contest.

She also received a Silver Feather at the 2010 edition of Grafikatur competition.

Her 2012 award winning work features a classroom scene, which is being showcased in an exhibition at Lubben’s City Hall.

Pouladvand, who was interested in animated films since her childhood has created many works of art so far.

German cartoonist Peter Dunsch picked up the contest’s Golden Feather award while Bronze Feather award went to Klaus Pitter from Austria.

About 648 cartoons created by 277 artists from 52 countries were presented at this year’s competition which was centered on the theme of ‘education’.

The works are being displayed during an exhibition that will run until January 2013.

Asia-Pacific Film Festival Awards Iran ‘Alzheimer’

Iranian filmmaker Ahmad Reza Motamedi's latest production Alzheimer has been honored at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) in Macau.

Motamedi's screen creation beat four other nominees at the International Competition section and received the Best Screenwriting Award.

The lead actor of the movie Mehdi Hashemi was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Award of the festival.

Motamedi’s feature-length production recounts the story of a woman who cannot believe her husband’s loss twenty years after losing him in an accident.

Produced by Farabi Cinema Foundation, the movie was screened in numerous international festivals such as the 2012 Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Armenia.

The film has been awarded in a number of national and international festivals including the 57th Taormina Film Festival.

Motamedi is a graduate of Western philosophy who began his career as a researcher and screenwriter.

The Fall (1994), The Ugly and the Beautiful (1998), The Insane Flew Away (2003), and Rule of the Game (2007) are Motamedi's better known works.

Established in 1954, the Asia-Pacific Film Festival is held annually in an Asian country designated by the Board of Directors of the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific.

The 55th edition of APFF which kicked off on December 13 with the theme of “The New Starting Line,” wrapped up on December16, 2012.

Iranian Multi Plot Documentary Wins at Dubai Film Festival

Iranian episodic documentary Kahrizak: Four Views has garnered the Special Jury Award at the ninth edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

The multi plot film, which includes four episodes, has received the prize for the two episodes directed by Mohsen Amiryousefi and Pirouz Kalantari.

Iranian filmmakers Bahman Kiarostami and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad are the creator of other two episodes.

The episodic film of Kahrizak: Four Views represents different views of the four directors on Kahrizak Charity Center based on their age and various experiences.

Through its directors’ different eyes, the documentary features situation of the elderly and disabled who live at the center.

Bani Khoshnoudi’s Ziba and Vahid Vakilifar’s Taboor were other Iranian representatives at the festival.

Award winning Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria also attended the event to serve at this year’s jury panel.

The 2012 Dubai International Film Festival took place from December 9 through 16.

Traces de Vies Documentary Festival Honors Iran Documentary 

Iran’s documentary The Last Days of Winter directed by Mehrdad Oskouei has been honored at the 2012 Traces de Vies Documentary Film Festival in France.

Oskouei’s award winning film received Special Mention of the Regard Social section of the festival that was held in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand.

The French director Noelle Pujol’s Dossier 332 won the Grand Prix of the event while the Regard Social Prix went to the French documentary Etre là by Régis Saude.

The Last Days of Winter revolves around seven Iranian boys talking about their lives in a youth detention center.

Oskouei’s screen creation also received the Prix de la Compétition Jeunesse (Youth Competition Prix) at the 2012 edition of French international documentary festival, Escales Documentaires.

The film grabbed the Golden Award of the 2012 International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (FIFOG).

The 24th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) had earlier honored Oskouei’s Last Days of Winter with the Blackberry Award of the event.

Oskouei who is the founder of Iran's Short Film Society has made nearly 20 successful films and documentaries.

This year’s Traces de Vies Documentary Film Festival was held from November 26 to December 2, 2012.

Two Iranian Artists Grab Top Awards at US Photo Contest

Two Iranian photography artists Farzaneh Radmehr and Saeed Rezvanian have garnered top prizes of the 2012 New Images Photography Awards in San Francisco.

Farzaneh Radmehr picked up Gold Medal Award as the first prize of the contest for her work titled Flying Down, ISNA has reported.

The second prize of the contest Silver Medal Award went to Saeed Rezvanian for his untitled photo.

A number of photographers from 34 countries competed for the top awards as well as USD 6,000 prize of the American contest.

The submitted works were selected by juror Rose Marasco, Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine.

The works were exhibited at the Gallery Photographica in San Francisco from November 10 to 25, 2012.

The exhibition also displayed some selected works of Gold Medal Award winners.

The New Images Photography Awards features unpublished works from around the world.

Iranian-Made Film on Gaza Wins in Rotterdam Intl. Festival

The Iranian feature film on Gaza Rescue Path has been awarded at the 12th edition of the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The film directed by Rama Qavidel, received the Golden Hawk award as the best feature film of the festival.

The Best Actress Award also went to the film’s leading role, the young Syrian star Nadine Salameh.

Qavidel’s drama recounts the story of a Palestinian teacher at an orphanage center in Gaza, who loses her memory after an accident.

Rescue Path also depicts the cruelty of the Israeli regime against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past five years.

Produced by Sahar Universal Network, the movie was filmed in Lebanon. Several prominent Lebanese and Syrian actors, including Nadine Salameh, Amaneh Vali, Vasim Vahbi and Paul Suleiman have played roles in it.

The movie won the special prize of Mohammad Al-Dore in the 25th edition of the International Film Festival held in the Iranian province of Isfahan.

The Arab Film Festival Rotterdam is known as the venue in Europe for independent, critical, daring and innovative films.

This year’s Arab Film Festival Rotterdam took place from November 28 to December 2, 2012.

Iranian Cinematographer Wins at Polish Film Festival

Iranian cinematographer Touraj Aslani has been honored at the 2012 Plus Camera Image Festival in Poland for his works in two cinematic productions.

Aslani received the Bronze Frog of the Main Competition section at this year’s Polish International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The event’s Golden Frog went to Nicolas Bolduc for War Witch directed by Kim Nguyen from Canada, while French cinematographer Caroline Champetier picked up the Silver Frog for Holy Motors by Leos Carax.

Aslani who attended the festival along with the director Reza Dormishian, had been nominated for the Best Cinematography Award for his works in Dormishian’s acclaimed film Hatred and another movie.

He also competed with a number of eminent cinematographers from across the world such as Ben Richardson, Rodrigo Prieto, Rob Hardy and some other renowned cameramen.

Aslani was recently awarded at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Award (APSA) held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia few weeks ago.

Plus Camerimage is the greatest and most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography.

The 20th International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Plus Camerimage was held in Bydgoszcz from November 24 through December 1, 2012.

APSA Honors Iranian Cameraman Turaj Aslani 

 Iranian cameraman Turaj Aslani has won the award for Achievement in Cinematography at the Sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

He received the award for “Rhino Season”, a co-production between Iraqi-Kurdistan and Turkey, organizers announced on Friday during a glittering ceremony at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In September 2012, Aslani also won the prize for best cinematography at the San Sebastian Film Festival for this film, which was directed by Iranian filmmaker Bahman Qobadi.

APSA Best Feature Film award went to “Beyond the Hill”, a Turkey-Greece coproduction, which was written and directed by Emin Alper.

Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines won the Achievement in Directing prize for “Thy Womb” and Nora Aunor took home the Best Performance by an Actress award for her role in this film.

Winner of Best Performance by an Actor was Choi Min-Sik for “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time” from South Korea.

Turkish writer/director Reis Celik received the award for Best Screenplay for “Night of Silence”.

In 2012, the APSA International Jury awarded two Screen International Jury Grand Prizes. APSA Academy member and three-time APSA-nominated writer/director/producer Anurag Kashyap from India received the award for directing “Gangs of Wasseypur”. South Korean actress Cho Min-Soo was awarded for her performance in Kim Ki-Duk’s Korean film “Pieta”.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2012 Names Winners

The 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has announced this year’s winners during a ceremony held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Austeralia.

Turkish writer and filmmaker Emin Alper’s debut feature Beyond the Hill was named Best Feature at the sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards presented on November 23.

Iraq’s In My Mother’s Arms was named Best Documentary Feature while Japan’s A Letter to Momo received Best Animated Feature award.

The UNESCO award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film went to a Taiwanese film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.

Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Masoumi’s The Bear was the country’s representative at this year’s APSA, while it was nominated for the Best Director and Best Film awards of the festival.

The Bear, as a tragic drama, depicts a war veteran who is struggling with the reality of life after returning from the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s.

The Academy Award winning Iranian drama A Separation by Asghar Farhadi was APSA top winner in 2011.

The 2012 APSA ceremony was attended by more than 700 Australian and international guests and filmmakers from across Asia Pacific.

Iran ‘Here without Me’ Tops London Iranian Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Bahram Tavakkoli’s latest production Here without Me has been awarded at the 2012 London Iranian Film Festival in the UK (UKIFF).

Tavakkoli’s adapted drama picked up the Best Feature-length Award at the third edition of the festival.

A contemporary Iranian adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie, Here without Me recounts the story of a single mother working hard to find a match for her shy and lame-legged daughter, while her son dreams mostly of cinema and running away from family obligations.

Here without Me was screened at the closing program of the festival that was warmly received by the critics and the audience.

Distributed by Iran’s Visual Media Institute, the movie has been screened at several international festivals such as Montreal's World Film Festival in Canada, Hamburg International Film Festival in Germany and Pune International Film Festival in India.

Here without Me was also screened at the 2012 edition of Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) held in March. The film also gained international acclaim at the 2012 Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF).

The movie was also screened at the 2012 edition of Shanghai International Film Festival in China.

Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi’s A Cube of Sugar, Reza Dormishian’s Hatred, Mani Haqiqi’s Modest Reception and Ali Mosafa’s The Last Step were other full-length movies screened at the Cinema Section of the third London Iranian Film Festival.

This year’s festival was held from November 19 to 23, 2012.

Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh Hails Iran’s Sadeq Tirafkan 

Iranian artist Sadeq Tirafkan’s creative collage Human Tapestry has garnered several awards at the15th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh.

Tirafkan swept the competition’s Golden Medal, Biennial Statuette, Honorable Mention and the cash award, Mehr News Agency has reported.

He employs diverse media in his creation such as photography, video installation, and collage.

Human Tapestry represents an example of extremely detailed collages which are brought together from many pictures of different individuals into typical patterns for the traditional Persian carpets.

Born in 1965, Sadeq Tirafkan graduated from Tehran University in Photography in 1989 and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

His works are in the collections of several museums including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, British Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Kambiz Sabri and Morteza Asadi’s creative arts were other Iranian representatives at this year’s Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh.

Some 475 works of art by 218 artists from 35 countries across the globe were participated at the competition.

The selected works of the 2012 Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh are on display at the international contemporary art exhibition held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, spanning from December 1 to December 31.

Baku Filmfest Cheers Iran’s “Game” 

The Iranian animated film “Game” directed by Jamal Rahmati has won the Best Animation Film Award at the 8th International Youth and Student Film Festival -- START in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The winners were announced during a closing ceremony at the Nizami Movie Center in Baku on Saturday.

Eighty-seven entries from over 20 countries competed in various sections of the event.

The films were judged by a jury of film professionals, including winners at European festivals.

The 8th International Youth and Student Film Festival “START” has been running since 2004 and was founded by the Center for Young Filmmakers Cinema.

The Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani is among the members of the jury of the festival.

Twelve Iranian films competed at the festival, which was held from November 28 to 30.

Iran Artist’s Photos Enter Los Angeles Museum’s Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the United States has selected several works of Iranian female photographer Newsha Tavakolian for its permanent show.

Tavakolian’s four works from her two series of Listen and The Day I Became a Woman have been selected for permanent collection of LACMA.

“For me she exemplifies a new generation of Iranian artists who are helping to reshape the medium of photography as a contemporary art form,” said head of the Middle East Art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Linda Komaroff.

Tavakolian’s beautifully structured and composed imagery reveals universal feminist issues in her works, she added.

Born in 1981, Tavakolian is a self-taught photographer who began her professional work at the age of 16.

She expanded her work internationally through covering wars, natural disasters and social documentary stories in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen.

Her works have been published by international magazines and newspapers such as the Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad and National Geographic.

Tavakolian’s Hajj collection was displayed as part of the London’s British Museum’s Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam exhibition in January, 2012.

Her collection of Mothers of Martyrs has been also presented at the first major exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East mounted in London.

The exhibition titled Light from the Middle East: New Photograph was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that kicked off on November 13 and will run until April 7, 2013.