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Awards and Honors For Iranian Artists & Filmmakers

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Morteza Akuchekian's Bitter End of Coffee has been awarded at the 2010 edition of SHORTini International Short Film Festival.

The film won the best cinematography award of the Italian festival, which was held from September 1 to 5, 2010.

Akuchekian wrote the Bitter End of Coffee script based on Breakfast, a French poem by Jacques Prevert.

The poem is about a woman who reviews her memories of the last coffee she drank with her companion.

The 4th SHORTini International Short Film Festival granted its best short film and best director awards to Water by Corrie Jones (Australia) and Love Child Daniel Wirtberg (Sweden) respectively.

Jacques Prevert: Breakfast

He poured the coffee
Into the cup
He poured the milk
Into the cup of coffee
He added the sugar
To the coffee and milk
He stirred it
With a teaspoon
Active ImageHe drank the coffee
And put back the cup
Without speaking to me
He lit a cigarette
He blew some rings
With the smoke
He flicked the ashes
Into the ashtray
Without speaking to me
Without looking at me
He got up
He put his hat
On his head
He put on
His raincoat
Because it was raining
He went out
Into the rain
Without a word
Without looking at me
And I
I took my head
In my hands
And I wept

Active Image*Two Iranian cartoonists have been awarded and praised at the 3rd edition of the Red Man International Cartoon and Humor Contest held in China.

Salam Mohammadi won the Golden Prize of the event's caricature section, while Mohammad-Ali Khalaji received the Honorable Prize of the cartoon section.

Dachuan Xia(China), Paolo Dalponte (Italy) and Jitet Koestana (Indonesia) won the golden, silver and copper awards of the cartoon category respectively.

The grand prize of the caricature section went to Yuan Yuan (China), while Chaiporn Panichrutiwong (Thailand) and Salidjon Mamatkulov (Uzbekistan) were granted the silver and copper awards.

Iranian artist and director of Iran's House of Cartoon Massoud Shojaei-Tabatabaei served on the jury of the contest along with Giox (Italy), Erdogan K. (Germany), Xutao (China), Xuli (China) and Zhucheng (China).

Active Image*The 2010 edition of Bulgaria's Varna International Film Festival has awarded Light in the Fog directed by Iranian filmmaker Panahbarkhoda Rezaei.

The 76-minute production won the event's Golden Aphrodite Award after competing with 12 films from Ireland, Denmark, Slovakia, France, the UK, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Russia.

The festival's international jury was led by Italian director Beppe Cino, who was joined by Hungarian producer Endre Florian, Polish screenwriter Maciej Karpinski, Bulgarian director and producer Stanimir Trifonov and Russian film critic Yuri Mitjushin.

A Light in the Fog recounts the story of a widow and her ailing father, who make a living by mending oil lamps and making charcoal.

Rezaei's first feature-length production has been screened in numerous international festivals and won many awards including the best director, best cinematography and best Actress awards of Russia's 2009 Golden Minbar Muslim Film Festival.

The 18th Varna International Film Festival was held from August 27 to September 2, 2010 in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna.

Active Image*The Sorbonne University is set to grant an honorary doctorate to world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami for his lifelong cinematic activities.

The 70-year-old director will be honored during a ceremony on Nov. 10, 2010 at Sorbonne University in Paris.

He was also granted an honorary doctorate from the Ecole Normale Sperieure in 2003.

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.

Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry US, Ten and Where is the Friend's Home? are among his better known works.

Kiarostami's latest production Certified Copy was screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival winning the Best Actress Award for Juliette Binoche.

He has also held a photo exhibition at the Imperial City Art Museum in Beijing.

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.

Active Image*The 2010 PSA International Exhibition of Photography recently honored a number of Iranian photographers with gold, silver and bronze medals.

Zeynab Arabi won a gold medal in the Photojournalism Open Section Awards for her “Untitled 1” depicting an old woman behind a wall in a mosque.

Meanwhile Mohammad Tavakkoli received a silver medal in the Photojournalism Human Interest Section Awards for his “Sadness” portraying an Iranian baby boy weeping during a mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (AS).

Tavakkoli also received honourable mention for his “Cowed” in the Photojournalism Open Section Awards. The 27-year-old photographer works for Hamshahri, a Persian daily that has the largest circulation in Iran.

“Jumping” by Alireza Hassanzadehfard and “Operation” by Amin Nazari were awarded bronze medals in the Photojournalism Open Section Awards.

The exhibition is organized annually by the Photographic Society of America (PSA), which was founded in 1934 to promote the art and science of photography.

The headquarters of PSA, which has members in 60 countries, is located in Oklahoma City, OK.

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