Iranian Artists’ Achievements

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Active Image*Seven Iranian book illustrators and graphic designers were awarded at two contests held by Italy’s Teatrio Cultural Association.

At the Illustration Contest, which was on the theme of “The Cannonball Lady”, works by three Iranian artists from Shabaviz Publication were honored.

Pegah Kazemi received honorary mention from the contest and illustrations by Nasim Azadi and Golnaz Servatian were selected for the contest’s catalogue.

At the Graphics Contest entitled “Venice Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, creations by Parastu Haqqi, Mahshid Darabi, Roya Oladhaji and Marjan Qaemi were selected for publication in the contest’s catalogue.

The Teatrio Cultural Association was established in March 1988 with the 1st edition of the Biennial Exhibition of the Illustrated Book for Children. Teatrio promotes exhibitions, competitions, illustration workshops and seminars and in this way grants numerous requests on behalf of famous and young illustrators.

Active Image*Iranian productions have won praise at the 12th edition of the DetectiveFEST film festival, held in the Russian capital of Moscow on law-enforcement themes.

Hot Friday, Man, Night Bus, Master Key and The Last Knot received diplomas at the event's Feature Detective Film section.

Majid Javanmard's Fox Hunting, Arash Moayyerian's Toxin and Antidote and Vahid Nikkhah-Azad's Mahboubeh have also participated in the 2010 DetectiveFEST.

“Iranian films have actively participated in the event,” General producer of the Festival Yury Mityushin told IRIB.

“Iran and Russia are working on a joint cinematic project to produce a film on drug smuggling,” he added.

The 12th International Film and TV Festival of detective films and television programs kicked off on April 21 and will run until April 26, 2010.

This year's festival screens 34 feature-length films, 28 TV series, 66 documentaries and 82 TV programs on the themes of 'Terrorism: a threat to the world', 'War and Peace', 'Crime and Punishment', 'World without drugs!', 'Dirty Money' and 'Safety on the Roads.'

*Iranian movie star Bahram Radan has been named Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Program (WFP).

Active ImageHe is the first Iranian joining a number of world celebrities including soccer players Kaka and Ronaldino, and American actress Drew Barrymore to help the WFP’s campaign against hunger.

In 2006, Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati was selected as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

“I feel extremely honored to be selected as WFP’s first ambassador in Iran and am eager to cooperate with WFP in its campaign against hunger in the world,” said the 31-year-old Radan.

“I want to have a share of the international efforts at making a hunger-free world,” he added.

In November 2008, a number of Iranian thespians including Reza Kianian, Hamid Farrokhnejad, Hamid Jebelli, Hamed Behdad, Bahram Radan and Bahareh Rahnama, signed up on the list to be volunteers assisting the anti-hunger campaign of the WFP.

According to the WFP, hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risks worldwide. Based on a WFP study, one sixth of the world’s people do not receive enough food for proper health.

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's About Elly has topped Portugal's Funchal International Film Festival, looking to stay on a winning streak.

The 2-hour drama received the Funchal Gold Award of the festival, which was held from April 10 to 17, 2010. The Funchal Silver Award of the event went to Autumn by Turkish director Ozcan Alper.

Fernando Vendrell, Beatriz Flores Silva, Giacomo Martini, Phyllis Mollet and Stjepan Hundic selected winners from among 10 films participating in the festival's Official Competition section.

About Elly, which highlights the relations between Iranian men and women and presents a dramatic depiction of love, has collected numerous international awards including the Silver Bear award of the 59th International Berlin Film Festival.

It also won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature of the 8th Tribeca Film Festival and the Grand Jury prize and the Best Screenplay award of the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

Farhadi's production has been distributed by Memento Films Company in France from September 9, 2009, as one of the few Iranian films to have been extensively screened in the European country.

An Italian-dubbed version of the film will also go on Italy's public screens from May 7, 2010.

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