Awards for Iranian Artists

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Active Image*Iran's Farhad Bahrami has received the first prize of the 2010 Ken Sprague Fund International Political Cartoon Competition, becoming the youngest artist to top the event.

The 25-year-old cartoonist won the award for his “impressive drawing skill” and representation of economic injustice through powerful characterization.

Romaina's Mihai Ignat won the second prize, while the third prize was awarded to Ross Thomson from the UK and Robert Gumpertz from the US.

Iran's other representative Alireza Zakeri was granted the competition's certificate of honor.

The jury, composed of Martin Rowson, Jacky Fleming, Viv Quillan, Alan Hughes, Cliff Cocker, Sandy Brown and Pat Milner, selected the winners from works sent from around the world on the theme of 'Money makes the World Go Round.'

The Ken Sprague Fund aims to commemorate the life and work of British cartoonist and poster design Ken Sprague and encourage young artists to promote social justice, peace and tolerance.

*Iranian documentary filmmaker Kamran Shirdel was recently awarded the Italian Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI.

This is the first class Order of Merit of the Italian Republic awarded for contributions in the fields of literature, music, economy, public service, social, philanthropic, and humanitarian activities.

Active ImageShirdel received the award during a ceremony held at the Italian Embassy here in Tehran.

Documentarian Shirdel is the first Iranian filmmaker who has received the Italian medal.

“Kamran Shirdel is no doubt the father of Iran’s modern cinema, especially in social documentary cinema. He has played a major role in introducing and promoting Italian neo-realism. He has also helped introduce great Italian filmmakers of the 1960’s and 70’s, including Federico Fellini, Francesco Rosi, and Michelangelo Antonioni,” reads part of the letter Italy has published for the occasion of awarding the medal to Shirdel.

Born in 1939 in Tehran, Shirdel is one of the most widely renowned Iranian documentary filmmakers.

He was the founder of Kish International Documentary Film Festival (KIDFF) (not held for several years) which was of high importance to novice filmmakers.

“Morning of the 4th Day”, “Mirror”, “The Night It Rained”, and “Simin” are among Shirdel’s credits.

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