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Awards and Honors for Iranian Artists

Monday, June 14, 2010

Active Image*The 2010 edition of “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) selected several Iranian photographers as winners.

After participating in the non-professional category of the competition, the winners were awarded in the different sections.

Mehdi Arastuii took the first place award in the Portrait-Culture section of the non-professional category. In the Fine Art-Abstract section, Mir-Kian Roshan-Nia was selected as second place winner. And Ali Rahimi took the second place in the nature section.

Reza Milani and Fereshteh Yahyaii also received honorable mention.

American Howard Schatz was chosen Photographer of Year, and Stefano Orazzini was selected as Best New Talent.

Works by the winners of the 2010 competition will be exhibited at Espace Dupon, in Paris in July 2010.

The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (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.

Active Image*The 2010 edition of the Videoex Experimental Film and Video Festival has awarded Iran's Whistling under Water directed by Houshmand Varaei.

The 15-minute film was granted the Special Mention of the Swiss festival, which was held from May 22 to 30, 2010 in Zurich.

Whistling under Water has also won the First Prize for Best Film and Second Prize for Best Director of the first Nowruz of Hamghadam Short Film Festival in Paris.

A production of Iran Film School, Varaei's 2009 production was granted the Open St. Petersburg Film Festival Beginning's diploma 'in memory of Sergey Dobrotvorsky' for the fruitful search of sources of the impossible.

Varaei has also directed the 30-minute film Kites Know No Chastity, which has been screened at Denmark's International Odense Film Festival and the Australia Experimental Film Festival.

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani's Superstar has been awarded at the 2010 edition of the Rainbow Film Festival held in the British capital of London.

Milani's 2009 production won the best film award of the annual festival, which was held from May 28 to June 3, 2010.

Superstar also received the Best Actress and Best Cinematographer awards of the 2010 Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh.

Milani is one of the most successful female Iranian directors, whose films have won her numerous national and international awards.

Ceasefire, The Fifth Reaction, The Hidden Half and Two Women are among her other productions.

Arranged by the Rainbow Film Society, the 11th Rainbow Film Festival screened 13 Asian films from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Iran.

Active Image*The 2010 Munich Film Festival will honor internationally-acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and screen a retrospective of his films.

Kiarostami, whose latest production Certified Copy was screened in the 2010 Cannes festival, will be granted the festival's lifetime achievement CineMerit award.

Kiarostami's first non-Iranian feature Certified Copy will be one of the six Kiarostami films to be screened in his retrospective this year.

Produced by France's MK2, the film stars Academy Award winning French actress Juliette Binoche and was filmed in the Chianti countryside in Tuscany, Italy.

Filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Abbas 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 photo exhibitions at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The 28th Munich Film Festival will open with Alvaro Pastor's Me Too on June 25, 2010 and will run until July 3.

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