Awards for Iranian Filmmakers and Artists

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*UNIMA Puppet Festival Awards Iranian Puppet Show

Iran’s Girls from the Gardens of Carpet has been awarded at the 2012 edition of the UNIMA Congress and World Puppet Festival in China.

Directed by Afsaneh and stage by Arian Theater Group, the puppet show received the event’s Best Heritage Award.

“Our show was awarded because of its unique perspective on Persian carpets and their patterns,” Zamani told ISNA.

Written by Hengameh Mofid, Girls from the Gardens of Carpet is about a carpet weaver girl who loses the plan for her mother’s carpet.

About 60 theater troupes took part in the festival presenting 180 performances altogether during the event.

This year’s festival was held on the theme of ‘Artery’ and in an attempt to display excellent culture elements, lead art innovation, initiate an art gala for citizens, build a platform for exchange and friendship, and realize the aims and means of UNIMA.

UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette - International Puppetry Association) is a Non-Governmental organization affiliated with UNESCO, which was founded in 1929 in Prague, the Czech Republic.

The 21st UNIMA Congress and World Puppet Festival was held May 27 to June 3, 2012 in Chengdu, China.

*Iranian Cartoonist Wins Cyprus Intl. Success Prize

Prominent Iranian cartoonist Saeed Sadeqi has been awarded the 2012 Success Prize at the 4th Cyprus International Cartoon Contest.

While the first award went to the Serbian artist Jovan Prokopljevic, Sadeqi received the Works of Excellence prize along with several other winners.

According to the contest website, the participants of the 2012 Cyprus International Cartoon Contest were asked to focus on the theme of Euro Crisis.

Born in 1974 in Jahrom, Sadeqi got B.A in painting from Tehran Art University and has many notable experiences in Graphic design and Cartoon.

He has participated in a number of international competitions and received several awards such as First prize of International Caricature and Cartoon Contest Ciudad de Bogota, Colombia in 2008 and First prize of the 2nd International Cartoon Contest Mussel and Fish in Bulgaria in 2010.

*Ukraine Festival Awards Iranian Illustrator Morteza Zahedi

Iranian illustrator Morteza Zahedi has been awarded at the COW International Design Festival held in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.

Zahedi was announced as one of the top ten artists in the illustration category of the event, Mehr News Agency reported.

He was selected for the illustrations he made for With the Sun in My Eyes, a children’s book written by Argentine writer Jorge Elias Lujan.

The English-Spanish edition of the book was published by the Groundwood Books in February 2012.

With the Sun in My Eyes contains short poems by a young boy and girl who describe their world and day-to-day experiences.

Andrew Artyukhin (Russia), Anna Kasnyik (Hungary), Marco Toxico (Bolivia), Omer Hoffmann (USA), Irina Egorova (Russia), Tomaso Marcolla (Italy), Wasted Rita (Portugal) and Irina Pryadka (Ukraine) were also among the selected artists.

Michael Weinzettl (Germany), Charles Hively (the US), Alexander Kazarin (Russia) and Alexander Leenetsky (Russia) judged the works competing in the illustration section of the festival.

*Iran’s Alizadeh Wins Top 2012 Turkish Cartoon Award

Iranian cartoonist Javad Alizadeh along with the Turkish artist Dogan Arslan has been named top winner of the 2012 Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition in Turkey.

The jury of the 29th Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition announced the winners and the members’ comments on the selected works on June 5.

Second award went to Serbian artist Vladimir Stankovski and Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski was named as the third winner of this year’s competition.

Alieh Mazhari and Negin Naqian, the other Iranian representatives, are also in the list of ten remarkable cartoonists of the contest that are slated to receive the Success Award.

The prominent Iranian artist Firouzeh Mozaffari, as a jury member, also attended the 2012 Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition.

About 944 artists from 80 countries around the world with 2945 works participated in this year’s competition.

The 29th competition’s award ceremony is scheduled to be held on October 7, 2012 in Istanbul.

The top winner will receive 8,000 USD and the Aydin Dogan Foundation Winner Award, while the First Runner up will gain 5,000 USD and the foundation’s First Runner up Award.

*Iranian Artist Judges in Turkish Intl. Cartoon Competition

Prominent Iranian female artist Firouzeh Mozaffari has been selected to take part in the jury panel of the 2012 Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition in Turkey.

Mozaffari along with ten other members coming from across the world would serve on a jury of the 29th Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition, which is currently running in Istanbul.

Born in 1970, Mozaffari’s cartoons have appeared in a number of Iranian newspapers such as Hamshahri, Sharq and Tehran Emrouz.

Mozaffari, who is a member of the executive committee of the Tehran International Cartoon Biennial, has received numerous awards.

About 2945 works created by 944 artists from 80 countries around the world have participated in this year’s Aydin Dogan competition.

The 29th competition’s award ceremony is scheduled to be held in October 2012 in Istanbul.

The top winner will receive USD 8,000 and the Aydin Dogan Foundation Winner Award, while the First Runner up will gain USD 5,000 and the foundation’s First Runner up award.

*Canadian Documentary Festival Awards Iranian Production

The 2012 edition of the Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) has awarded the Iranian filmmaker Loqman Khaledi’s documentary Nessa.

The 52-minute production has been awarded the Honorable Mention of the festival.

The film also took part in this year’s Vision du Reels International Film Festival in Switzerland and Documenta Madrid in Spain. It is also scheduled to be screened at the Montreal International Documentary Festival in November, 2012.

Nessa recounts the story of a young woman who dreams of being a famous actress and choosing her own destiny.

The film was screened twice during the festival and was warmly welcomed by the audience.

Loqman Khaledi has directed, photographed and edited many documentaries, features and short films and his films have been screened at many international and national festivals.

His first long documentary Moving Up won the award of the First Film Competition of the 22nd FIDMarseille International Film Festival in France.

The 2012 edition of the Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) was held from April 26 to May 6, 2012.

*Warsaw International Poster Biennial Awards Iran’s Mahdian

The Iranian artist, Mehdi Mahdian has been awarded at the 23rd edition of Warsaw International Poster Biennial held in the Polish capital.

Mahdian received the ICOGRADA Excellence Award which is granted by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations to honor a specific piece or a body of work, and to support the promotion of graphic design and professional graphic designers.

This year’s event awarded artists in Ideological Posters, Culture Posters, Advertising Posters, Golden Debut and EURO 2012 categories.

Takashi Akiyama (Japan), Michał Batory (France/Poland), Anthon Beeke (Netherlands), Marta Granados (Colombia), Igor Gurovich (Russia), Bojidar Ikonomov (Bulgaria), Piotr Kunce (Poland) and Alain Weill (France) judged international participants of the 23rd edition.

Works by Iranian artists Reza Babajani, Maryam Enayati, Leila Miri, Ladan Rezaei, and Hamed Mehravaran were showcased at the A, B and C Category sections of the event along with works from the Netherlands, Japan, France, Poland, Russia and Bulgaria.

The Warsaw International Poster Biennale was inaugurated in 1966. The idea of a periodic international review in the field of poster art was first proposed by Polish graphic designers in the beginning of 1960s.

The 23rd Warsaw International Poster Biennial kicked off on June 2, 2012 and will run until September 16.

*Valise Intl. Theater Festival Awards Iranian Puppet Show

The 2012 edition of Poland’s Valise International Theater Festival has awarded an Iranian puppet show performed as a monologue by Hoda Naseh.

And He Said: You Will See Today, Tomorrow and the Day After Tomorrow won the Grand Prix of the event held from June 12 to 16 in Lomza.

Directed by Zohreh Behrouzinia and written by Nima Dehqani, the show recounts the life story of Persian mystic Mansour Al-Hallaj from his wife's viewpoint.

Dehqani has tried to portray Al-Hallaj's family life as a luminary and to present his wife's loneliness from a new perspective.

“Our troupe has also been invited to perform the puppet show in Bosnia, Russia and Serbia,” Behrouzinia announced in a press release on Wednesday.

Today, Tomorrow, and the Day After Tomorrow has also won the Award for the Best Original Performance at Prague's 2011 World Festival of Puppet Theater.

The play's puppeteer Hoda Naseh received the same event’s Best Actor Award.

The Valise International Theater Festival is an unusual collage of repertoire - from the classics - to innovational realizations and even experimenting.

Street performances, recitals, poetry evenings, and discussion sessions are among different parts of the Polish event.

*Japan Poster exhibition Awards Iran’s Mehdi Fatehi

Iranian graphic artist Mehdi Fatehi has been awarded at the 2012 edition of the International Poster Triennial held in the Japanese city of Toyama.

Fatehi received the Bronze Medal of the event for his poster Alefpa.

The Grand Prix of the triennial went to Japanese artist Osamu Fukushima while Jianping He from Germany and Ralph Schraivogel of Switzerland won the gold medals of the contest.

Fathi’s works were showcased at the Category A section of the event which is dedicated to printed and published posters.

More than 390 posters by 4,622 artists from 53 countries were selected by the jury panel of the festival to be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in the city of Toyama.

Supported by Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA), Tokyo Art Directors Club (TOKYO ADC), Tokyo Illustrators Society (TIS), Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) and ‘Poster Town Toyama’ Organizing Committee, the 10th International Poster Triennial exhibition kicked off on June 9, 2012 and will run until August.

Many Iranian artists took part in this year’s exhibition, including Mohsen Hazrati, Mahsa Miri, Tahereh Mokhtarzadeh, Mehdi Saeedi and Foad Sharifi who submitted their works to the Category A section of the event along with Fatehi’s posters.

Works by Fariba Boroufa, Rasoul Eskandari, Mohammad Hajhashemi, Elham Hemmat, Mehdi Saeedi, Ali Razmpa and Hamideh Torabi were displayed at the Category B section which featured unpublished works in self-promotion.

*Iranian Publisher Wins International Socrates Award Culture Desk

The Iranian Shabaviz Publishing Company was selected for the prestigious International Socrates Award 2012 granted by the European Business Association (EBA).

Publisher of children’s books Shabaviz, which has won several awards during international events, is the first Iranian institute to win the award.

The award will be presented to the company during the Business Matchmaking Meeting which will be held from May 3 to 6 in Montreux, Switzerland.

The award ceremony, which is sponsored by EBA in cooperation with the International Leaders’ Club and the Swiss Institute of Quality Standards, will be held on May 4.

The International Socrates Award is given to centers active in the areas of government management, education, science and technology, culture and art, economics and business, and medicine and pharmacy.

The ‘International Socrates Award’ medal is made of precious metals. It bears an image of Socrates in profile covered with pure gold (999,9 standard) embedded with Swarowski crystals. There is an inscription on the medallion that reads ‘Primus Inter Pares’. The medallion is attached to a medal atlas ribbon.

The complete set of the award consists of an order symbol, a statue and a diploma ‘Grawerton’.

*Iranian Artists Top Berlin Cartoon Competition

Iranian cartoonists Bijan Soltani and Jalal Pirmarzabad have won top awards at the 2012 edition of the Berlin International Cartoon Competition.

Soltani shared the First Prize of the event with Serbian artist Goran Markovic and the Second Prize was granted to Pirmarzabad.

The third Berlin International Cartoon Competition, held under the title of “Beware! Food", was organized and arranged by the Kurtukunst Gallery in collaboration with the LIMES Image Agency.

More than 900 works, displaying a personal, satirical or humorous perspective on the current world affairs, by 380 cartoonists from 62 countries were submitted to the competition.

The artists were from different countries from all over the world including Russia, Iran, Ukraine, China, and Germany.

The third prize of the event went to a Russian artist and several certificates were granted to artists from China, Uzbekistan, Germany, Bulgaria and Poland.

The works were judged by a jury panel consisting of international cartoonists such as Marlene Pohle from Germany, Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz from Poland and Sergey Elkin from Russia.

*Canadian Festival Marking World Press Freedom Day Awards Iranian Cartoonist

Young Iranian cartoonist Ali Miraee has been awarded at the 12th edition of the International Editorial Cartoon competition of the Canadian Committee for the World Press Freedom (CCWPF).

Miraee who has received several national and international awards so far, won one of the Awards of Excellence of the competition along with ten other cartoonists, ILNA reported on Monday.

Brazilian cartoonist Liza Franca won the first prize while Riber Hansson from Sweden and Turkish cartoonist Hicabi Demirci collected the other prizes.

According to the organizers of the competition, the theme for the 12th edition of the event was “Power to the People: Citizens and Social Media.”

The event was held to mark the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, a date proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

*Argentine Photo Exhibition Awards Iran’s Sameti

Iranian photographer Asghar Sameti has been awarded at the 11th Virtual Image International Photo Exhibition, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sameti’s Global Village won the FIAP Bronze Medal of the event’s Photojournalism Section and his The Same God in Ground and Sky won the Jury Mention of the Nature Section of the exhibition.

Borna Ahmadian, Maryam Zahiri-Mehr, Azam Najafalizadeh and Ali Samei were the other Iranian participants of the exhibition.

The 2012 Virtual Image International Photo Exhibition was held in the six categories of monochrome, color, creative, nature, photojournalism and travel.

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

*Iranian Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi to Receive EU MEDIA Prize

The European Commission's EU MEDIA Prize will be granted to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi for his new project with Memento Films Production.

Farhadi and his producer, Memento Films Production’s Alexandre Mallet-Guy will receive the first-time award from the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou at the 2012 Festival de Cannes.

The new project will be Farhadi’s first filmmaking experience in a foreign country and is slated to be filmed in France and in French.

Vassiliou called their new collaboration “a film project which has a strong cultural identity and illustrates the openness of European culture, which I defend daily” and “a project which is committed and moving in equal measure and above all draws on universality.”

“In these times when certain politicians are trying to turn the beautiful rainbow of cultural diversity in the world into differences and confrontations, I believe that this MEDIA award for my next film project is a very encouraging sign,” Farhadi said, commending the European Commission for its “lucid and open vision of mutual and respectful exchanges between cultures.”

The MEDIA prize is awarded to the best project with box-office potential submitted by a screenwriter and a production company.

Asghar Farhadi's latest production 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.

Farhadi’s 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).

The 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).

*Three Iranians on IBBY Honor List

Three Iranian books have been included in different categories of the 2012 Honor List of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

The Children’s Book Council of Iran introduced three works to appear in fiction, illustration and translation categories of this year’s list.

Jamshid Khanian’s Seventh Floor West is Iran’s representative in the fiction category while Alireza Goldouzian is the country’s honored artist for doing the illustrations of Why Did the Wise Bear End Up Like This? written by Ali-Asghar Seyyedabadi.

Nasrin Vakili was also introduced for translating David Almond’s Heaven Eyes into Persian.

The Honor List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honoring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries.

The most important criteria in selecting the Honor List titles is considering books that are representative of the best in children's literature from each country and are suitable for publication throughout the world.

The new Honor List 2012 will be announced at the IBBY Congress in London on August 25, 2012.

*Turkey’s SineMardin Filmfest to Honor Iranian Director Majidi

The Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi has been invited to attend the 2012 edition of the SineMardin International Film Festival a special guest.

Majidi’s Children of Heaven, Song of Sparrows and Baran will be screened during the Turkish festival which will run from June 8 to 15, 2012 in the city of Mardin.

The 89-minute Children of Heaven was nominated for the 1998 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the 96-minute Song of Sparrows represented Iran at the 81st Oscar Awards.

Born in 1959, Majid Majidi started his cinematic activities with acting and appeared in numerous films.

His first feature-length production was the 1992 Baduk, which was presented during the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and received several awards in Iran.

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts presented the 9th annual ILEX Foundation Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema to Majidi.

*Italian International Film Festival Awards Farhadi's ‘Separation’

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s Academy Award-winning film Nader and Simin: A Separation has won at the David di Donatello Awards in Italy.

Internationally-acclaimed Iranian drama was awarded for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 David di Donatello Awards, which is considered the Italian equivalent to the Academy Award.

Farhadi’s prize-magnet drama went up against the renowned cinematic creations such as Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Terrence Malick’s Tree of life, George Clooney’s Ides of March as the other nominees in this section.

The Iranian drama also turned heads, winning the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 edition of annual Independent Spirit Awards as well as the 2012 César Awards.

A Separation also 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 award-sweeper movie has hit the Canadian, Brazilian, American, European movie theaters so far, as scheduled earlier.

The Taviani brothers’ Julius Caesar and Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) are among the other winners of the 56th David di Donatello Awards.

*Geneva’s Oriental Film Festival Awards Oskoui Documentary

The 2012 International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (FIFOG) has awarded The Last Days of Winter by Iranian documentary filmmaker Mehrdad Oskoui.

The film, which is about seven Iranian boys talking about their lives in a youth detention center, received the event’s Golden FIFOG award of the 7th edition of the event.

The Last Days of Winter was awarded as a film whose “directional style liberates the discourse of the children interviewed as they express themselves with both emotion and confidence.”

Daniel Schweizer (Switzerland), Gerard Bejjani (France) and Catherine Kammermann (Switzerland) served on this year’s board of jury.

Oskoui’s Last Days of Winter has also won the Blackberry Award of the 24th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

A graduate of Tehran's University of Arts, Oskoui has made nearly 20 successful films and documentaries, and is the founder of Iran's Short Film Society.

His 2004 production The Other Side of the Burka won the 2005 Golden Dragon Award of the Cracow Film Festival.

Oskoui's Nose, Iranian Style which focuses on the rhinoplasty epidemic in contemporary Iran, has also won him many international awards.

*TRT Intl. Documentary Film Competition Awards Iran’s ‘Mokan’

Iranian filmmaker Mohammed-Ali Hashemzehi’s Mokan has been announced as one of the winners of the 2012 edition of the annual TRT Documentary Awards.

Hashemzehi’s production which took part in the International Professional Category of the event, won the Special Prize of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.

Mokan is about an Iranian couple who leave city life to spend the rest of their lives planting palm trees in a small town in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

The Best Documentary award of the International Professional Category went to Ulan Batur'lu Lama by Egle Vertelyte and the Special Prize of Milli Piyango was granted to Cocuk ve Palyaco by Ida Gron.

Mehmet Demirhan (Turkey), Atanas Hristoskov (Bulgaria), Cho Dae-hyun (South Korea), Abdelmajid Jallouli (Tunisia), Ove Rishoj Jensen (Denmark), Nozim Tulyakhodjaev (Uzbekistan), Pluton Vasi (Albania) and Piotr Zlotorowicz (Poland) judged the international entries of this year’s event.

Organized by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, the TRT International Documentary Film Competition aims to support amateur and professional documentary filmmakers, and to contribute to the development and prevalence of the documentary film genre.

*Iran’s ‘Here without Me’ Warmly Received in Tiburon Intl. Filmfest

Iranian filmmaker Bahram Tavakkoli’s Here without Me has gained international acclaim at the 2012 Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF).

Tavakkoli’s latest production was warmly received at the American festival where it participated as Iran’s only representative.

A contemporary Iranian adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie, Here without Me recounts the story of a single mother working hard to find a match for her shy and lame-legged daughter, while her son dreams mostly of cinema and running away from family obligations.

Distributed by Iran’s Visual Media Institute, the movie has been screened at several international festivals such as Montreal's World Film Festival in Canada, Hamburg International Film Festival in Germany and Pune International Film Festival in India.

Tavakkoli's production was also screened at the 2012 edition of Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) recently held in March.

The film's lead actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria won the Best Actress Prize of the 2011 World Film Festival in Montreal.

The annual Tiburon International Film Festival seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of cinema, and through the top quality films from around the world.

The 11th edition of the festival kicked off on April 19 and will run until April 27, in Tiburon, California.

*Seattle Intl. Film Festival Awards Iran’s ‘Facing Mirrors’

Iranian filmmaker Negar Azarbaijani's lauded movie Facing Mirrors has been awarded at the International Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Seattle.

Azarbaijani's first feature-length movie won the Best Narrative Feature of the 2012 Translations Audience Award at the Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

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

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 that led to the authorities' decision to schedule an extra screening at the event held in August.

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

The 2012 edition of Seattle’s Three Dollar Bill Cinema was held from May 3 to 6.

*Sharjah Children Festival Awards Iranian Illustrator

Iranian illustrator Alireza Goldouzian is to be awarded at the 4th edition of Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF) in the United Arab Emirates.

Goldouzian has won the third prize of the illustration section of the festival and will receive USD 4000, Mehr News Agency reported.

Mexican illustrator Gabriel Pacheco and Spanish artist David Pintor are the other winners of the event which kicked off on April 23 at Sharjah Expo Centre and will run until May 2.

According to organizers of the festival, more than 200 Arab and foreign publishing houses have taken part in the event with over 20,000 printed, audio-visual and electronic titles.

SCRF has hosts 30 guests including authors, intellectuals, artists and researchers in the field of children's literature.

Iran’s Shabaviz Publication was the guest of honor during the opening ceremony of the festival.

Goldouzian was born in 1976 in Tehran and holds an MA in graphics. He has won several other international awards such as Japan's 2002Baij, Belgrade’s 2003 Golden Pen and the 2005 Grand Prix of the Biennale of Illustrations of Bratislava.

*Iran’s 'Golchehreh' Wins Top 2012 Remi Award

Iranian filmmaker Vahid Mousaian's Golchehreh has been awarded at the 2012 edition of the WorldFest- Houston International Film Festival Remi Award.

Mousaian's film won the Platinum Remi Award of the Best Foreign Film section of the event, Mehr News Agency reported.

Based on a true story, Golchehreh features Taliban in Afghanistan and how they tried to destroy the country's national film archive.

The film has also won the Grand Prix award of the 2011 Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) and the Red Rose Award of the 4th Jaipour International Film Festival (JIFF).

With more than 4,500 category entries, the WorldFest- Houston International Film Festival is one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world.

The festival, founded in 1961, hosted artists from several countries including Hungary, Ireland, Iran, Turkey, Bosnia, US, Italy, Slovakia, Germany and Japan for its 2012 edition.

The 45th WorldFest- Houston International Film Festival was held from April 13 to 22, 2012, in Texas, US.

*Iranian Filmmaker on Sri Lankan Festival Jury

The Iranian director Mohammadreza Arab is on the jury of the SAARC Film Festival, which is currently underway in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The festival is organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre which is a part of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Arab’s “Last Queen of the Earth”, his debut feature film on the tribulations of Afghan refugees, is screening in Out of Competition Section of the festival.

The award-winning film tells the story of an Afghan named Alibakhsh who is working in Iran. He has no way to find out about the situation of his wife and family back home. The U.S. threats to attack Afghanistan after 9/11 increase his distress and finally he decides to repatriate.

Arab alongside with filmmakers from Russia and Singapore decide the awards handed out in the international section of the event.

The Film Festival will give all member countries an opportunity to screen some of their best feature films as well as documentaries during the gala.

Founded in December 1985, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is dedicated to economic, technological, social, and cultural development of the member countries. Its seven founding members are Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Afghanistan joined the organization in 2005.

*Selection of Two Iranian Caricaturists at Ukraine Euro Cartoon Contest

Mostafa Hosseyn-Nia and Ali Shahali are the two Iranian Caricaturist have been selected at Ukraine Euro Cartoon Contest 2012.

1662 caricatures from 72 countries including England, Russian, Poland, Brazil, Germany France, Italy, Iran, Turkey, Ukraine, etc, participated in this year’s contest titled Football Unites us. This is the second term of this contest in which the number of participants has noticeably increased compared to last year.

Mostafa Hosseyn-Nia, a member of Tabriz caricaturists society has won a number of awards on the art scene of Iran and the world, including the third prize of Caricature Festival of Argentina.

The cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer and animator, Ali Shah-Ali has won several prestigious awards in national and international festivals, collaborating with different magazines and newspapers as caricaturist and illustrator.

*Iran ‘A Respectable Family’ well Received in Cannes Festival

Iranian director and screen writer Massoud Bakhshi’s first featured film A Respectable Family has been lauded at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The 90- minute movie, which features Iran at the beginning of the 1980s Iraq-Iran war and 30 years later, was honored at the Director's Fortnight in the Cannes 2012 World Premiere section.

Bakhshi’s war flick is a modern take on the religious story of the two sons of Adam and Eve ‘Cain and Abel.’

Born in 1972, Bakhshi studied filmmaking in Italy (1999) and Cultural Financement Formation in France (2005). He has worked as a film critic, screenwriter and producer during the past decade.

Our Persian Rug, Bagh Dad Bar Ber, Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!, and Lost Windows are some of his best known works.

Directors' Fortnight is an independent section annually held in parallel to the Cannes International Film Festival.

The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 16 and will run until May 27, 2012.

*“Mashti Esmaeil” Wins Award at Aljazeera Filmfest

The Iranian film “Mashti Esmaeil”, which is about the daily life of an Iranian farmer, won the best film award at the 8th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.

Directed by Mehdi Zamanpur Kiasari, the film was screened in the medium film category of the event, which opened on April 19.

Zamanpur Kiasari could not attend the closing ceremony of the festival and Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh received the award from Chairman of Aljazeera Board Sheikh Bin Thamer Al-Thani.

“½ Revolution”, by Denmark-based Egyptian directors Omar Shergawi and Karim El Hakim, won the best film award in the long film category.

The film is about the Egyptian revolution broke out in January 2011.

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