Busan honors Kiarostami with Asian Filmmaker of Year Award

Friday, October 21, 2016

Busan honors Kiarostami with Asian Filmmaker of Year Award

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award was granted to late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami at the 21st Busan International Film Festival 2016 (BIFF) in South Korea.

The award was received by Ahmad Kiarostami (a son of the director) at the opening ceremony of BIFF 2016. The event displayed a documentary entitled "Remembering Kiarostami" for the first time, prepared by the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults and directed by Mehdi Ganji.

BIFF also displayed Kiarostami's movies in a special session for enthusiasts.Where Is The Friend's Home?, Close Up, And Life Goes On…, The Wind Will Carry Us, Shirin, Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love, are among the displayed movies in South Korea.


‘Little Boy’ and ‘Red Line’ win Awards at Veterans Filmfest.

 ‘Little Boy’ directed and written by Mona Shahi won Red Poppy Award for Best Animation at Veterans Film Festival in Australia. The festival also awarded Red Poppy Award for Best Music to ‘Red Line’ also directed and written by Mona Shahi. The music score was written by Hossein Jalili who received the award.

‘Little Boy’ is a short film about a little boy and a bomb. People are leaving a town by the order of military but a little boy does not want to follow them he has his own mission to do.

'Red Line' takes palce in a desert neverland where a turtle and a lizard unwillingly get involved in a war between two powers. As a result, they both are put in a tough situation. The turtle can solve the problem but his decision comes with a price.


Three US awards go to Iran's 'Paradise'

Iranian flick 'Paradise', directed by Ali Atshani, won three top prizes at the 14th Chelsea Film Festival in New York.

The event, which is New York's third major festival, wrapped up on October 16 at Cinepolis movie theater, with Iranian feature film 'Paradise' scooping Best Director for Atshani, Best Actor for Javad Ezzati and Best Supporting Actor award for Mehran Rajabi, wrote.

'Paradise' is about two young religious scholars who plan to take part in a university seminar on religions in Germany. As Iran's sole representative in the festival, the flick competed with 22 other films in the main competition category. The film was screened to warm reception and followed by a question-answer session with the director.


‘Survival’ Wins Special Jury Prize at Brno16

Brno16, international festival of short films, granted Special Jury Prize to Iranian short movie ‘Survival’, directed by Masoud Hatami.

The movie grabbed the title competing with the films from the host country, Poland, US, Palestine, Britain, Canada, France, Austria, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, China, Cyprus, Indonesia, the Netherlands and Mexico.

The 57th International Brno Sixteen Film Festival in Czech Republic was held on October 12-15, in the city of Brno.



Female Iranian shooter named IPC’s Athlete of Month

Iranian Paralympic shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani’s sparkling performances at the fifteenth edition of the Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has earned her the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Allianz Athlete of the Month title for September 2016. 

The 31-year-old sportswoman managed to obtain 41 percent of the public votes in a close race with Italian wheelchair fencer Beatrice Vio, who ranked second with 38 percent. American triathlete Grace Norman, 18, came third with 19 percent of the votes.



'Malaria' wins Grand Prix in Warsaw

'Malaria', directed by Parviz Shahbazi and produced by Masoud Radaei, won Grand Prix award at Warsaw Film Festival.

Malaria recounts the story of a young woman who elopes with her boyfriend to Tehran. To cover her tracks, she tells her father she’s been kidnapped. With her family in hot pursuit, the couple takes up with a band of bohemian street musicians and forms an elaborate plan for a more permanent escape.




'Starless Dreams' wins Best Documentary Award in Russia and UK

Iranian director Mehrdad Oskui’s 'Starless Dreams' won Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 26th edition of Message to Man International Film Festival in Russia and at the 60th BFI London Film Festival in UK.

The acclaimed documentary shows young women in an Iranian juvenile detention center reflecting on the crimes they have committed and the harsh circumstances that have shaped their lives.

The film has so far won many awards in national and international film festivals, including the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 66th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlinale-Generation 14plus, Germany, and the Full Frame Inspiration Award at the 19th Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, North Carolina, USA.


Armenian festival awards ‘Ardak’, ‘Hasti’

Kamal Parnak’s ‘Hasti’ and Esmail Monsef’s ‘Ardak’ have won trophies in Sose International Film Festival in Armenia, September 23-30.

The event in September which hosted 104 films, both short and long, awarded ‘Hasti’ with Student Short Film prize and Monsef’s ‘Ardak’ with its first ever international trophy, Best Interpretation award. Both films are products of Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS), Tabriz and Tehran office, respectively. ‘Hasti’ was competing with 35 other short films in the section.



Just 'A Moment' deserves Portuguese accolade

Iranian film 'A Moment' by Naqi Nemati managed to win the Best Fiction Film award at the 14th Arouca Film Festival in Portugal. The Iranian film competed in the event with cinematic productions from Portugal, Spain, UK, Russia, the US among other countries.

Earlier, the flick won the Best Short Film Award at the 9th Porto7, an international short film festival, in Porto, Portugal and the Reset-DoC Award for Intercultural Dialogue at the Capalbio International Film Fest in Italy.




'Shadows in Town' wins Best Short Film Award in Australia

Iranian short movie 'Shadows in Town', directed by Shahriar Pourseyyedian, won the Best Short Film Award at Auburn International Festival of Children and Young Adults in Australia.

The film recounts the story of Saeed, who asks his teacher to give him one day to help his classmate Alireza to respond to the teacher's questions.




'Houra' wins NETPAC Award at ALIIFF

Iranian movie 'Houra' by Gholamreza Sagharchian grabbed NETPAC Award at ALIIFF in India.

Experiencing its first international presence, Houra was screened at the competition section of premier showcases of All Lights India International Film Festival.

Houra narrates the story of a rural teenage boy, Hadi, who lives with his family in the desert margins in Tehran-Mashhad railroad track. Hadi tries to keep alive a garden, which is the only legacy of his mother's past.




Iran's producer, actress grab three awards 'Together'

Two works by Iranian film producer Amir-Hossein Sharifi received three awards at the 17th Russia International TV Film Festival 'Together' held from October 1-7.

At the 'Together' meet, Sharifi won two awards for producing 'The Burnt Matches' directed by Kazem Masoumi and 'Seven' by Mahmoud Mo'azzami.

Iranian actress Sara Sofiani also received the Best Actress Award for her role of Sheida in 'Seven'. Earlier, the organizers of the event released the short list of nominees in which Sharifi and Sofiani were among the nominees for best producers and actors respectively.

'The Burnt Matches' juxtaposes the social life of a hero being imprisoned after an accident. The lead character is freed after his father-in-law granted a bail and later finds out his brother has been killed.


'For Freedom' fetches Iran US silver

An Iranian animated story 'For Freedom' won the silver medal at the International Independent Film Awards in Los Angeles.

Its director, Ahmad Khoshniat said that the short animation won the jury's attention who had sought a 'different perspective an innovation' in short animations as properties to be valued in an art work. 'For Freedom' has also been selected for participation in the competition section of two other festivals: Chandler International Film Festival in Arizona and Russian Tula International Film Festival.

The director described the animation as the critique of the world of fashion in its surface layers, but is a critique of the decadent art and Communism in its subtext.

* Source: Tehran Times, Press TV, ISNA, Iran Daily, Mehr News