Awards for Iranian Artists

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Active Image*Three Iranian productions have been awarded and praised at the 2010 edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival held in the Czech Republic.

Ali Zamani-Esmati's Orion won the festival's Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award along with Son of Babylon, a joint production of Iraq, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Palestine, the UAE and Egypt directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji.

Zamani-Esmati's psychological drama portrays the desperate situation of a young Iranian girl and her helpless struggles in a traditional society.

Iranian films also received two special mentions one granted to Fardin Sahebzamani's There Are Things You Don't Know in the feature-length competition section and another one to Mahdi Moniri's documentary Tinar which competed in the Best Documentary Film over 30 Minutes Long section.

The Grand Jury Grand Prix of the 45th Karlovy Vary festival went to Agusti Vila's Mosquito Net from Spain, while Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak's Kooky won the Special Jury Prize.

This year's Best Director Award was granted to Croatian director Rajko Grlic for Just between Us.

The prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was held from July 2 to 10, 2010, also screening Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film festival.

Iran's Running among the Clouds, the first feature-length production of Amin Farajpour's also participated in the event's 'Another View' section, dedicated to films that reveal unusual artistic approaches.

Active Image*A painting by an eight-year-old Iranian boy has won the honorary diploma of the 2010 United Nations International Children’s Painting Competition.

Ali Qorbanali was honored for his painting featuring the use of economy light bulbs.
Qorbanali is a member of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA).

The 19th International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment was themed ‘Biodiversity: Connecting With Nature’. The children’s paintings focused on concrete actions to preserve biodiversity such as tree planting, marine and animal conservation.

The International painting competition is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation.
It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 2.4 million entries from children in over 100 countries.

Active Image*Kurdish-Iranian filmmaker Shawkat Amin Korki's Kick Off has received the top award of the 2010 edition of Taipei Film Festival in the Taiwanese capital.

The 80-minute production won the Grand Prize of the event's New Talent Competition and was praised as a “daring work with outstanding direction.”

“This is a deeply humane and emotional film well made under challenging conditions,” the jury wrote about Amin Korki's 2009 film.

Kick Off portrays the joys and sorrows of a group of refugees living in a beat up stadium in Kirkuk, Iraq.

The film has been screened in many international events, receiving numerous awards including the FIPRESCI Prize of the Pusan International Film Festival.

Shawkat Amin Korki was born in 1973 in Iraqi Kurdistan and grew up in Iran. His short films, made between 1997 and 2005, have been screened and awarded at many international festivals.

His first feature-length film Crossing the Dust won him an Asia Pacific Screen Award nomination and the First Feature Competition Special Jury Mention of the 2007 Cinefan - Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.

Active Image*The 2010 edition of Austria's Festival of Nations has awarded three feature-length and short films directed by young Iranian filmmakers.

Mehdi Jafari's Father gave Water received the Best Short Film award, while Nima Baqeri's 257 and Omid Abdollahi's Between two Dreams won the Silver Bear and Bronze Bear awards of the festival respectively.

Jafari's three-minute production has also won the Young Film Makers Award of the 2009 Up and Coming International Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

The international jury of the festival consisted of Beata Dzon (Poland), Dr. Phil Said Manafi (Austria), Dave Watterson (Scotland), Stephan Hussil (Austria) and Dario Jurican (Croatia).

The 38th Festival of Nations was held from June 13 to 19, 2010 in Ebensee, screening films and videos by independent filmmakers, students and amateurs from around the globe.

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