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Awards for Iranian Films and Filmmakers

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Active ImageAward-winning Iranian filmmaker Bahman Farmanara will be a head juror in the 2009 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), a leading movie event in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Farmanara will head the Muhr Asia-Africa Feature Jury and will be joined by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari (Morocco), Keith Shiri (UK), Manisha Koirala (Nepal) and Jean-Michel Frodon (France).

The 6th edition of the DIFF, an international scene for independent and established talents from Asian and African countries, will be held from December 9 to 16.

Farmanara has worked with many acclaimed cineastes such as Abbas Kiarostami, Bahram Bayzai and Mohammad-Reza Aslani. He has also produced Italian filmmaker Valerio Zurlini's 1977 Desert of the Tartars.

Farmanara, an established director, screenwriter and producer, moved to Canada in 1980 and founded a film distribution company and a festival for children and young adults in Vancouver. He returned to Iran in the late 90s.

Iran's About Elly along with 68 other films have been selected as nominees for the best foreign language film at this year's 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The film, which highlights the relations between Iranian men and women and presents a dramatic depiction of love, won the Silver Bear award of the 59th International Berlin Film Festival.

Asghar Farhadi's successful production has gained two awards at the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature of the 8th Tribeca Film Festival in the US.

This year's Golden Globe Awards has a consideration list of 173 feature films, 15 animated feature films, 133 television series, 33 mini-series or telefilms and a record 69 foreign language films.

Nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live coast to coast in the US on January 17 from The Beverly Hilton.


The 2009 International Film Festival Bratislava has awarded Iranian filmmaker Shahram Alidi's debut film in the Czech Republic.

Active ImageWhisper with the Wind received the festival's Student Award for "an extraordinary original portrayal, for belief in freedom, love and peace on the backdrop of cruel events in Iraq."

The film is about a warm-hearted postman who records messages from soldiers or survivors hoping to contact their families throughout the remote mountainous territory of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Whisper with the Wind has also received the special jury award of Brazil's 6th Amazonas Film Festival, the student jury prize of the 20th Festival International du film d'Histoire de Pessac in France and the Mumbai Young Critics jury award of the 11th Mumbai Film Festival.

Almost 20.000 people watched more than 150 documentaries, feature-length and short films during this year's Bratislava film festival from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4.

The 11th edition of the annual festival granted its Grand Prix for Best Film to the Belgian-French production The Day God Went Away directed by Philippe Van Leeuw.

The Best Director Prize went to Kamen Kalev for the Bulgarian-Swedish production Eastern Plays, which also received this year's Ecumenical Jury Award.

The Mexican-Spanish Northless received the event's Special Mention and the FIPRESCI Prize.

The Best Documentary Film Award went to the China-France production Petition directed by Zhao Liang.

The Best Short Film Award was granted to Italy's Rita directed by duo Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia.

The festival also screened films in the non-competition sections of Panorama: Golden Panorama, Off the Mainstream, Panorama Special, Focus: This Is Brazil, A Matter of Taste and Profiles.

Iranian film “No One Knows about Persian Cats” won three awards at the 13th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which was held in Estonia from November 27 to December 6.

The film received the jury prize for cinematographically capturing underground contemporary life in Iran.

Directed by Bahman Qobadi, “Persian Cats” is about the underground music groups in Tehran and the situation of young musicians in Iran.

The organizers also gave the film the FICC (International Federation of Film Societies) Jury Award and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury Award.

The closing ceremony of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival was held on December 4.

“Persian Cats” has received several other accolades at international events.

The film shared Cannes’ special prize in the Un Certain Regard category with “Father of My Children” from France in May 2009.

It has also won the special jury prize at the 10th Tokyo Filmex in late November.

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