Awards for Iranians’ Cultural Successes

Friday, July 27, 2012

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Lidice Fine Art Exhibition Awards Iranian Children

Iranian children have been praised during the 2012 edition of the Lidice International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Art in the Czech Republic. 

Anita Sarvari, Asra Makkari, Fardin Rashidi, Ghazal Jelviani, Kowsar Karami, Mahsa Mohammad-Hosseini, Mania Salehfard, Mohammad-Shahab Zare, Narges Jamshidian and Shabnam Barqi received the Honorable Mention of the event.

The International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice (ICEFA Lidice) was established in 1967 to commemorate the child victims of the Czech village of Lidice killed during the World War II.

ICEFA Lidice is a one round competition for children between the ages of 4 and 16 who participate individually or from schools and organizations.

The expert panel of judges consisting of art teachers and visual artists selects about 1,400 works to be exhibited. The best works are awarded “Rose of Lidice” medals and others are granted Honorable Mentions.

The contest is usually held on the themes familiar for children with, including their pursuits, dreams and wishes, their environment, school, family, friends and plays.

Based on a recommendation by UNESCO, the event also announces a ‘Theme of the Year.’

The 2012 theme of the year was ‘Theatre - Puppet - Fairytale.

*Spanish Contest Awards Iranian Photographer Asghar Sameti

Iranian photographer Asghar Sameti has won two awards at the 2012 edition of the international Spanish Andorran Iberoamerican Circuit contest.

Sameti received the FIAP Gold Medal for his black and white photo ‘My Dress’ and the FIAP Bronze Medal for his color photograph ‘Wheat for Bread.’

According to a report published by Iran’s Cultural Office in Spain, Sameti participated in the event with 12 works and in two categories.

The Iranian photographer will receive his awards during a ceremony due to be held at Centre Cultural La Misericordia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain on October 13, 2012.

Asghar Sameti has participated in many national and international events and has been honored by the Inter-Asian Philatelic Federation (FIAP).

He was also awarded at the 11th Virtual Image International Photo Exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he received the FIAP Bronze Medal and the Jury Mention for his ‘Global Village’ and ‘Same God in Ground and Sky’ respectively.

*One Country One Film Festival Awards Iranian Short Film

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jalal Saed-Panah’s short film The Sound of Rain has been awarded at the 3rd French film festival of One Country One Film.

Saed-Panah’s film, presented at the Competition Section of the festival, was warmly received by the audience of the event.

The Sound of Rain bet other 47 movies that had participated from Europe, Asia and America, and grabbed the Best Film Award of the 2012 edition of the festival.

Saed-Panah’s short film recounts the story of an artist who lives atop one of the city roofs and is continuously disturbed by a boy who loves the artist over everything.

The movie also received the main awards of the 2012 edition of the International Digital Film Festival (IDFF) in India.

The Sound of Rain took the Golden Gazelle award for the Best Short Film as well as the Best Screenplay and the Best Director prizes of the 4th Suleymaniye Kurdish Film Festival.

The film also won the Golden Egg award of the 6th Duhok International Film Festival in Iraq.

Established in 2009, ONE Country ONE Film (UN Pays UN Film) is international film festival annually held in France in different categories of shorts and features, fictions, documentaries, experimental and animations.

The festival does not have a jury panel and the movies are judged by the audience.

The third edition of ONE Country ONE Film Festival took place from July 27 to 29, 2012 in the small village of Apchat in the heart of France.

*France’s Top Honor Granted to Iranian Actress Leila Hatami 

France has honored the celebrated Iranian actress Leila Hatami with an Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal.

She recently received the medal from French Ambassador Bruno Foucher in Tehran, the Embassy of France announced on Tuesday.

France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication awards the Order of Arts and Letters, established in 1957, to recognize eminent artists, writers and scholars for their efforts in promoting the awareness and enrichment of France’s cultural heritage throughout the world.

In early July, Hatami won the Best Actress Award for her role in “The Last Step” at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

She played one of the leading roles in “A Separation”, which won the foreign-language film Oscar this year.

*Mihandoust’s Film Wins at Noor Iranian Film Festival in US

Iranian filmmaker Ismail Mihandoust has been awarded at the 5th Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles for his first feature-length production.

The 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival honored Mihandoust with the Best Director award for his latest film A Very Close Encounter that opened the festival as well.

The award was dedicated to the film’s leading actress Anna Nemati during a closing ceremony held on August 9.

The 101-minute drama depicts a car accident between two woman drivers on a highway. Because of the injuries, one ends up in coma. After police investigations, the officer in charge of the case is doubtful about the cause of the accident.

Mihandoust’s unusual nonlinear narrative is centered on the close relationship between the two women but also features the hidden mind games of the four main characters.

The annual event was held at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills, from August 3 to 8, 2012, in an attempt to educate and inform the non-Iranian community about the Persian culture through the medium of cinema.

This year’s festival also hosted panel discussions and workshops with different actors, producers, and directors to help the new generation of filmmakers.

As the first Iranian film competition outside Iran, the Noor Film Festival is a unique opportunity for the Iranian and non-Iranian community to mix and mingle with the purpose of viewing films and listening to fresh and important voices that capture the complexity and surprising simplicity of Iran, says the festival website.

Iranian cinema has been highly praised in the international arena in recent years, winning numerous high-profile awards for the country’s filmmakers around the world.

*Osian's Cinefan Film Festival Awards Iranian Actors

The 12th edition of Osian's Cinefan Film Festival in India has awarded two Iranian actors for starring in Mani Haqiqi’s latest production Modest Reception.

Taraneh Alidousti grabbed the Best Actress Award while the Best Actor Award went to the Iranian director and actor Mani Haqiqi during an awards ceremony that honored the best of Asian and Arab cinema at this year’s festival.

Haqiqi’s feature-length movie Modest Reception is the story of a rich couple who distribute plastic bags full of money in the Iranian provinces, a handout aimed purely at degradation.

The Turkish movie Inside directed by Zeki Demirkubuz received the Best Film Award for the Asian and Arab competition and the Best Director Award went to Faouzi Bensaidi for French-Moroccan title Death for Sale.

Dariush Mehrjui's The Orange Suit, Mani Haqiqi’s Modest Reception and Ali Mosaffa’s Last Step were the main Iranian representative at the festival.

Directed by the eminent Iranian filmmakers, each of the selected movies has been screened and honored in several international festivals so far.

Mehrjui’s The Orange Suit and Mosaffa’s Last Step were presented at the non-competition section, but Mani Haqiqi’s Modest Reception was screened at the competition section of the gala.

Meanwhile, Iranian actor-director Ali Mosaffa served at the festival’s jury panel along with Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller, Indian filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, Egyptian director Magdi Ahmed Ali and US screenwriter James V Hart.

As Osian's Cinefan Film Festival features a competition of Asian and Arab cinematic creations, some 15 world premieres among its 175-film lineup were presented at the 2012 festival held in New Delhi.

The 12th edition of Osian's Cinefan Film Festival was held from July 27 to August 5, 2012.

*Shortini Filmfest Awards ‘Maybe Another Time’ by Iran’s Asgari

Iranian filmmaker Amir-Hossein Asgari’s Maybe another Time has been awarded at the 2012 edition of Shortini International Short film Festival.

Asgari’s directorial debut won the Audience Award of the Italian festival which was held from August 1 to 5, 2012.

The 15-minute production recounts the story of a 13-year-old Afghan boy who goes to Iran in the hope of finding a job and helping his family who live in his war-torn country.

Maybe another Time took part in the event’s International Competition section, competing with films from Finland, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Bulgaria.

Previous editions of Shortini International Short film Festival had also awarded Iranian productions, such as Morteza Akouchakian’s Bitter End of the Coffee that won the 2010 Best Cinematographer Award of the annual event.

Seminars, workshops and panel discussion sessions were also held on the sidelines of this year’s festival, such as ‘From an idea to his Creation,’ a seminar held by Italian producer and director Antonio Conticello.

The festival also presented the book The Ascent to the Pyramid of Sale by Conticello during a ceremony attended by the author, Joan Fraterrigo, Diego Pascal Panarello, Jessica Spinelli and Simona Mustache.

Visitors took part in ‘The Cinema of the Past and the Future,’ an event attended by directors Roberto Furnari, James Casole, Antonio Caramagno, actor Tony Palazzo and SHORTini Art Director Stephen Cacciaguerra.

*Parisian competition Honors Iranian Photographer 

The U.S.-based Iranian photographer Hamideh Zolfaqari has won the gold medal at the French photo competition, the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) this year.

Her photo named “Differences” was an entry in the Non-Professional Category of the contest with the central theme of “other”, the organizers announced on Saturday.

“Differences” also stood third in the press section of the Non-Professional Category.

Jonathan Knowles from Britain was announced as the best Photographer of the Year, and Miguel Candela from Spain was selected the Best New Talent. 

In addition, Zolfaqari’s three other photos were among the best selected works of the competition in 2009.

Px3 strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent and to introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris.

Photographers from around the world participate in the contest’s two professional and non-professional categories each year. 

*Kiarostami’s ‘Close-Up’ Enters Sight & Sound Greatest Films List

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up has been named as one of the ‘The Greatest Films of All Time’ by the British film magazine Sight & Sound.

The British film magazine Sight & Sound’s once-per-decade list of ‘The Greatest Films of All Time’ placed Kiarostami’s 1990 movie Close Up as the 42nd film in the history of cinema.

The movie narrates the story of the real-life trial of a man who impersonated filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, conning a family into believing they would star in his new film.

While the movie released across Europe, it received great acclaims from the world renowned filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Jean-Luc Godard, and Nanni Moretti.

As a filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.

Kiarostami has staged Mozart's comic opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum Theater and the 2008 Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-provence in France. He has also held a photo exhibition at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum.

At the 2012 Sight & Sound edition of voting, Hitchcock’s moody thriller Vertigo displaced Orson Well’s Citizen Kane at the top spot it had held for the past five decades.

Since 1952, Sight & Sound has polled film professionals to determine the greatest films of all time. Nearly 850 critics, programmers, academics and distributors voted for the 2012 poll.

*Iran’s Azadeh Shahmiri to Judge at Swiss Theater Festival

Iranian writer and stage director Azadeh Shahmiri is slated to serve on the jury of the Zurich Theater Spectacle festival in the Swiss capital.

The 30-year-old Shahmiri will join Omar Abu Saada (Syria), Max-Philipp Aschenbrenner (Switzerland), Mona De Weerdt (Switzerland) and Nunu Kong (China).

The Iranian art critic and journalist has written and staged numerous plays such as The Distance between the Stars, Murder at the Writing Room.

She has also written and translated several books.

The Zurich Theater Spectacle is an annual international theater and performing arts festival, hosting more than 20 performing arts groups and artists from around the world every year.

The event was launched as a small annual international meeting of independent theater groups, before emerging as a much larger cultural event in Switzerland.

The festival is held at five venues the largest of which is the Landiwiese by Lake Zurich and features numerous open-air shows.

The 2012 edition of Zurich Theatre Spectacle will be held from August 16 to September 2.

*Philadelphia QFest 2012 Awards Iran’s ‘Facing Mirrors’

Iranian filmmaker Negar Azarbaijani’s first feature-length production has been awarded at Philadelphia QFest 2012 in the United States.

Facing Mirrors won Azarbaijani the First Time Director of the event which was held from July 12 to 23. The film took part in Best of US and World Cinema section of the festival.

Paul Fitzgerald, Joel Ludovich and Tiona McClodden selected the festival’s First Time Director winner.

Produced and written by Fereshteh Taerpour, Facing Mirrors weaves together the lives of two women with different social and cultural backgrounds.

The film has been praised and awarded in many international festivals such as the 2012 International Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the 2011 Syracuse International Film Festival and the 2012 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Azarbaijani’s debut feature won great acclaim at the 2011 National Geographic All Roads Film Project in Washington D.C. and the 2011 edition of Montreal's World Film Festival.

Facing Mirrors is also set to take part in upcoming film festivals in Utah, Dublin, Melbourne and Sydney.

*‘A Separation’ Achieves Great Success in N America Theaters

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film A Separation has taken the North America’s movie theaters by storm as the second top-grossing foreign-language film in 2012.

The acclaimed Iranian drama has grossed USD 7.09 million in the United States and Canada since its release and came second after the French comedy The Intouchables, The Hollywood Reporter said.

 Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

The drama also turned heads, winning the Best Foreign Film Award of the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards during a ceremony held one day before the 84th Academy Awards.

A Separation also grabbed the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 César Awards on February 24, in Paris.

The movie received Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS).

Farhadi’s film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The movie also received three top awards of the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter of the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA).

*ROPME Awards Iran’s Persian Gulf Documentary

Iranian documentary filmmaker Ali Abdipour has been awarded by the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME).

Abdipour received the second ROPME 2012 award for his Voyage to the Persian Gulf . He had also won the 2009 ROPME Sea Area Gold Award for his Red Killers.

Born in 197, Ali Abdipour has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Directing from the Art University of Tehran and has been producing and directing documentaries and short films in Iran since 1992.

He is also a member of EDN (European Documentary Network) and is known for his environmental and underwater films.

Mysterious Death of Dolphins, Dam Construction in Iran, Green, White, Blue, The Jewel of The Zagros, Meymand, Lost in Time and Sun Islanders are among Abdipour’s other productions.

The Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) has eight member states namely Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The countries joined forces in 1978 to adopt the Kuwait Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Pollution, otherwise known as the Kuwait Convention and four associated Protocols.

*Iranian Actress Wins 2012 Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Award winning Iranian actress Leila Hatami has been lauded at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her role in the film The Last Step directed by her husband Ali Mosaffa.

The Best Actress award of this year’s renowned European festival went to Leila Hatami (who many will recognize from last year's Oscar winning Foreign Film A Separation.

Hatami received the prize during a closing awards ceremony held on July 7, 2012.The movie also received the FIPRESCI prize of 2012 edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Last Step as a screen adaptation has been inspired by both Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilitch and James Joyce’s The Dead.

The festival dedicates various awards of Crystal Globe Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress for four competition categories.

The winner of this year's Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film was The Almost Man, a Norwegian film directed by Martin Lund.

The Canadian director Rafaël Ouellet also grabbed the Best Director trophy for his film Camion.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as one of the most prestigious world film festivals is considered the most important film event in the Central and Eastern Europe.

The 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival kicked off on June 29 and came to end on July 7, 2012.

*Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominates Iranian Educator

Prominent Iranian researcher and founder of the Children’s Book Council Touran Mirhadi has been nominated for the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Mirhadi was selected for her research on the history of children’s literature in Iran by the organizers of the Award, which is annually presented by the Swedish government.

The Iranian female researcher is honored for her lifetime achievements in children’s literature and education as well.

Mirhadi along with 37 professionals and others interested in the cultural development of the young generation founded the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

Established in 1968, the CBC was registered as a non-governmental, not for profit, cultural organization devoted to the promotion of children’s literature in Iran.

The German-Iranian scholar and editor was born in Tehran in 1927 and studied at the Sorbonne University in France.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the world’s largest prize for children and young adults’ literature. It is annually presented to a single recipient or to several individuals. Authors, illustrators and oral storytellers are eligible to receive the prize.

Dutch author Guus Kuijer received the 2012 Astrid Lindgren memorial award, and Australian writer and illustrator Shaun Tan won the award in 2011.

*Iranian Qur’an Reciter Wins in Int'l Competition in Malaysia

Iranian Qur’an reciter Amin Pouya has won the second prize at the 2012 edition of the International Qur’an Competition in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Born in 1977, the Iranian representative in the 54th edition of the International Qur’an Recitation Competition grabbed the second prize for reciting the first verses of Surah Ra’d.

The host country’s representative Muhammad Anvar Bin Ghazali won the top prize and the third prize went to Radan Harmko from Indonesia.

In the female categories, the jury panel selected Hasnae Khoulali from Morocco as the top prize winner and Hanava from Indonesia (94 points), Avang from Malaysia (94 points) and Dayang Benti Omran from Brunei Daressalam received the second and third prizes.

The awards were given during the closing ceremony held on July 13. The three top winners in each category received their awards from Malaysia’s king Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

The winners in both categories received some trophies, souvenirs, certificates and cash including $13,000 for top, $10,000 for the second and $7000 for the third winners.

Malaysia’s 54th International Qur’an Competition was held from July 6 to 13 with the participation of 60 male and female Qur’an reciters from 44 countries.

*Iran’s Majid Abbasi to Judge at ‘Poster for Tomorrow’ Contest

Iranian artist Majid Abbasi is slated to serve on the jury of Poster for Tomorrow graphic design competition in the French capital of Paris.

Abbasi will join Cristina Chiappini, Gitte Just, Maria Magdalena Kurpik, Alain Le Quernec, Malte Martin, Leila Musfy, Michel Olivier, Carolina Rojas, Rene Wanner and Paula Troxler.

Born in 1965, Majid Abbasi graduated from the University of Tehran in visual communication and was a member of the board and treasurer of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) from 2003 to 2006.

Abbasi has also been a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI) since 2009 and his works have been published in numerous international magazines and books.

This year’s Poster for Tomorrow contest will be held on the theme of ‘Gender Equality Now!’ and the jury will select the best 100 posters to be published and exhibited around the world.

The pre-selection phase will be conducted by a committee of 100 members of the media, advertising and design industries, together with representatives from charities and human rights institutions professionals.

Iranian graphic designer Mohammad Ardalani is also a member of the pre-selection committee.

Ten posters will be selected for the permanent collections of several museums around the world.

Poster for Tomorrow is organized by 4tomorrow, an independent, non-profit organization based in Paris and aims to create the best posters addressing the chosen theme.

*Iranian Graphic Designer Wins at German Contest

Female Iranian graphic designer Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi along with 29 other winners has been lauded at the 2012 Mut Zur Wut poster competition in Germany.

Khaleghi Yazdi was honored for her two posters titled Chernobyl’s Gift and Do not Leave Your Kid in the Virtual World.

The jury selected the winners from among 1475 posters created by 935 participants from 56 countries around the world.

The selected works have been exhibited at the Heidelberg and Mannheim galleries. The show is slated to run until August 28, 2012.

The Mut Zur Wut international poster competition is a yearly contest that provides the opportunity for designers to create a poster on a theme of their choice.

*AMPAS Invites Iran’s Farhadi to Join Oscar Voters

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi to join the organization.

Farhadi’s name is on a list of top directors from around the globe such as Wong Kar-wai, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Rodrigo Garcia and Michael R. Roskam.

The Iranian director’s A Separation won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

The drama also turned heads winning The Best Foreign Film Award of the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards during a ceremony held one day before the 84th Academy Awards.

The Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS) are also among the many credits of the film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has sent out invitations to 176 artists in Art Directors, Cinematographers, Directors, Documentary, Executives, Film Editors, Makeup Artists & Hairstylists, Music, Producers, Public Relations, Short Films and Feature Animation, Sound, Visual Effects and Writers branches.

Reports say the new roster of prospective new AMPAS members, reflects the determination of the Academy's current leadership to include more women and minorities.

According to a recent study by The Los Angeles Times, Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male. African-Americans are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

The study also found that voters had a median age of 62, while people younger than 50 constituted just 14% of the membership.

The new AMPAS members will be welcomed at an invitation-only reception at the Academy in September, 2012.

Membership in the Academy is by invitation from the Board of Governors and does not expire, even if a member struggles later in his or her career.

*Italy’s River Filmfest Awards Iranian Short Film

Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Nasiri’s short production has been awarded at the 2012 edition of Italy’s River Film Festival held in Padua.

Class B won the Best Short Film award of the event, which was held from May 28 to June 8, Mehr News Agency reported.

Nasiri’s film was awarded for the bright conveyance of the meaning of life, the Iranian Young Cinema Society said in a press release.

A total of 12 Iranian films were screened during the festival, including Drivers without Hands by Reza Jamali, Water, River, Life by Hassan Dehqan, The Golestan by Mehdi Tangestani, The Barber by Ali Paknahad, Comma by Ata Mojabi and Comma 2 by Babak Shokri.

Organized by the Associazione Culturale Researching Movie in collaboration with the Comune of Padova and DAMS of the University of Padova, the 6th River Film Festival screened short films, animations and documentaries from around the globe.

The event presented a selection of shorts from the Royal College of Art London, London Film School, Zelig, Centro Sperimentale della Cinematografia and Svenska Film Institutet among other international cinema schools.

*Iran ‘Facing Mirrors’ Wins at San Francisco Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Negar Azarbaijani's well-praised movie Facing Mirrors has been awarded at the 2012 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Azarbaijani's first dilm won the Best Feature-length movie of the 36th Frameline LGBT Film Festival.

Produced and written by Fereshteh Taerpour, the movie weaves together the lives of two women with different social and cultural backgrounds.

The movie has also been lauded at many international festivals and received several awards such as the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2012 International Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Seattle.

Azarbaijani's film was awarded at the 8th edition of Syracuse International Film Festival held in October, 2011 in the United States.

The film was also well received by both Iranian and Canadian audiences at the 2011 edition of Montreal's World Film Festival and therefore the authorities decided to schedule an extra screening at the event.

Facing Mirrors also won great acclaim at the 2011 National Geographic All Roads Film Project in Washington D.C. held in September.

Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running and widely recognized event for screening particular films in the world.

The 36th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival was held from June 14 to 24, 2012.

*Indian festival Names Bahram Radan Best Actor

Iranian actor Bahram Radan has been named as the winner at the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) in India for staring in Reza Karimi’s movie.

Radan beat other competitors and swept the Best Actor Award of the festival for his role in Karimi’s The Killer.

Two Iranian films, Here Without Me by Bahram Tavakkoli and The Killer by Reza Karimi, competed in the newly established the Ladakh International Film Festival held in Leh town in India.

Here Without Me competed in the Competition Section while The Killer was screened in the World Cinema Section.

The Killer features the life of a young forensic psychiatrist who visits an old friend whose fiancée, Roya, has been accused of murder.

About 60 films on various subjects were presented during the three-day festival chaired by prolific Indian director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal.

Movies from different countries such as France, Canada, Belgium, Lebanon, Cuba, India, Italy and Iran competed in four programmed sections of ‘World Cinema’, ‘Competition’, ‘Indian Cinema’ and ‘Ladakh cinema.’

The 1st Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) was held from June 15 to 17, 2012.

*Austria 2012 Festival of Nations Honors Iran’s Short Film 

Iranian filmmaker Ali Hayati’s short film My Silent Shadow has been honored at the 2012 edition of the Festival of Nations in Austria.

Hayati’s film has received an Honorary Diploma at this year’s Festival of Nations held in the Austrian market town, Ebensee.

The movie narrates the unintended consequences of imposed Iran-Iraq war in 1980s in the southern parts of Iran and its negative effects which still remain on the people’s lives.

My Silent Shadow was also lauded by the jury members of the 2011 Third Eye Asian International Film Festival.

Nasser Zamiri’s Bitter Milk and Payam Zeinalabedini’s Tamam Gol were other Iranian representatives in the festival.

In a special program, Iran’s Sooreh University Of Art screened Asal Bigdeli’s Submission and No One to Guard the Farm, Roqiye Tavakkoli’s ...And Nothing Else, Kazem Mollaie’s Delete, and Ali Ahmadi’s A Memorable Night on a Road Full of Street Flowers.

Jef Van Gompel (Belgium), Beata Dzon (Poland), Saeed Manafi (Iran/Austria), Romy van Krieken (Netherlands), Jurgen Richarz (Germany) served at the jury panel of the 40th Austria’s Festival of Nations.

The 40th edition of Austria’s Festival of Nations was held from June 10 to 17, 2012.

*Iranian Movie Wins Golden Goblet at Shanghai Int'l Film Fest

Iranian filmmaker Khosro Masoumi’s ‘the Bear’ has been named the Best Feature Film at the Golden Goblet Awards of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).

Masoumi received a Golden Goblet on Sunday at SIFF’s closing ceremony in Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai, China.

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

The film is the Iranian director’s tenth and the second to win a top prize for the best feature film at the festival. Masoumi’s Tradition of ‘Lover Killing’ also won SIFF’s Golden Goblet back in 2004.

Masoumi is the only director who has won the Golden Goblet awards twice in the history of SIFF.

After receiving the award, Masoumi told the audience that the film was picked unanimously by the jury as the best feature film in the festival, and that it was warmly received at the festival. “This warm welcome creates great moments for us,” he said.

He also expressed hope to return to the festival as a Golden Goblet jury member next year.

Producer Javad Norowz Beigi, who was also present at the ceremony, described the film’s success as a great honor for the Iranian cinema.

About 300 films from China and many countries around the world, vying for the Golden Goblet Awards, were screened in 28 movie theaters in Shanghai.

Founded in 1993, the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is China’s only A-category international film festival.

The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival was held from June 16 to 24, 2012.

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