Iranian students win 44 medals at scientific events

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Iranian students won 44 medals in the Indonesia International Applied Science Olympiad and the South Korea science and engineering competition.

Scientific secretary of Avicenna National Festival, Mehdi Rashidi, said that the international Olympiad was held virtually on December 18-23, with various countries in attendance.

The Iranian team of students won 9 gold, 9 silver, and 13 bronze medals at the festival, IRNA reported on Saturday.

Due to the global outbreak, the South Korean science and engineering competition was also held online on December 12-14, with the participation of different countries.

In this competition, Iranian students grabbed 6 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Rashidi noted that the students presented their projects in different fields of chemistry, medical, biology, environment, technical, engineering, human sciences, and physics.

More success at international competitions

Most recently, Iranian students won colorful medals at the 2020 South African science and invention festival, which was held virtually on November 28-December 5.

Other Iranian students also grabbed 8 colorful medals at the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), according to the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents.

Also, the students grabbed four medals at the 31st International Biology Olympiad (IBO 2020) which took place in Nagasaki, Japan on July 3-11.

The team of Iranian students won six colorful medals at the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2020), putting the country in 18th place. Held on September 21-22, IMO 2020 was hosted by Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The country’s team also snatched 4 medals at the 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO 2020) held in Turkey on July 6 to 15.

Moreover, Iran finished fourth winning three gold medals and a silver medal at the 32nd International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2020) which was held in Singapore from September 13 to 19.

The students also won gold and silver medals at the Bangkok International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (IPITEx 2020) which was held on February 2-6 in Bangkok, Thailand.



Iranian director Farzaneh Qaemi’s “Dream Haulers” has been selected as best experimental short at the 10th Balkan Nordic Film Festival in Stockholm, Sweden.

The film tells the story of a young worker who begins an extensive search to trace down his wife, who has recently disappeared.

The film received the award for its “secret and dreamy, interesting photography and good acting,” the jury said in its statement published on the closing day of the festival on December 21.

The award for best short film went to “Quiet” from Slovenian director Barbara Zemljic.

“Quiet” is about the personal life of a psychologist, Vida, which is witnessed within a single day at school, and in the situation with her demented father. The distress of a young girl Zarja arouses feelings of her own personal embarrassment which come to surface. Two seemingly unrelated events display the pain that has been left by a deep wound, but at the same time shows that forgiveness is a way to personal liberation.

The film won the award for its “consistent tone, brilliant acting, beautiful cinematography and a well-crafted story with many layers that stays with you for a long time,” the jury said.

“Yiorgos of Kedros” by Greek directors Yiannis Kolozis and Giorgos Kolozis was picked as best feature-length documentary.

The award for best mid-length documentary went to “The Steps” by Daliborka Bajic from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Pioneer Pizza” by Kenyan filmmaker Wesley Shrum was selected as best short documentary. “Minja and Climate Change” by Zoran Markovic from Montenegro was crowned best short animated film. “A well-made short animated film that in a comic way addresses a major important issue. All seen through the eyes of a child, and with a wonderful final dispute that leaves us with a big smile on our face and a hope for the future,” the jury wrote.

Anders Lennberg, Anna Lonn-Franco and Bratisav Stankovic were members of the jury.




Iranian photographer Hashem Shakeri has won the Grand Prix at the seventh edition of the T3 Photo Festival Tokyo, the organizers have announced.

The award will be an all-expense-paid trip to attend the opening ceremony of the festival’s exhibition in Tokyo. “Turbulence” is the theme of the competition, which was organized from December 4 to 13.

Shakeri took part in the competition with the photo series “An Elegy for the Death of Hamun”.

Lake Hamun located in southeast Iran has almost completely dried up due to years of drought and neglect, climate change and desertification, and this is causing serious problems in the region.

The lake is primarily fed by the Helmand River, which has its source in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan.

Shakeri has begun his career in documentary photography since 2010. Since then, he has been working as a freelance photographer on private projects in Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Malaysia, France, Denmark and Germany.

One of his major concerns is the psychological investigation of human relationships in the contemporary world. By capturing restlessness, perplexity and social struggle in the modern capitalist world, he records the optical unconsciousness of the society and provides a universal narrative form with a personal insight.

He has been involved in many national and international festivals and received many awards, among them are the Ian Parry Scholarship in 2015, the Lucas Dolega Award in 2016 and the POYi’s World Understanding Award in 2017, and the Lens Culture’s Emerging Talents Award in 2018 and Getty Images Reportage Grant in 2019.


The Iranian play "Marion" directed by Hamed Asgharzadeh was performed in Morocco at the International University Theater Festival of Casablanca.

Organized by International Theatre Institute ITI, the 32 edition of the International University Theater Festival of Casablanca is being held online in Morocco.

Written and directed by Hamed Asgharzadeh, the second part of the Iranian play “The Group is Theatre” called “Marion” went on screen at this artistic event on 23 December on an online platform.

The performance of this group was staged online in early December 2020 at the 17th Kofar International Film Festival in Minsk, Belarus.


Iranian short film 'Haunt' directed by Siamak Kashef-Azar won the best short film award at the Seattle International Film Festival in the US.

The 17-minute short film is about a gambling addict, Reza. Without even knowing it, Reza loses something important during a game. When he comes back home, he looks for a way to escape, IRNA reported.

The cast of the short film includes Hamidreza Azarang and Bahar Mohammadpour.

‘Haunt’ has taken part in a number of international festivals, including the 2020 monthly Assurdo Film Festival in Italy, the 15th River’s Edge International Film Festival in the US, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, and the 2020 edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in the US.

The Seattle International Film Festival, held annually in Seattle, Washington since 1976, is among the top film festivals in North America.