Iranian Artists & Filmmakers Win Awards

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Iranian Cartoonists Awarded at Chinese Competition

Five Iranian cartoonists were awarded at the 1st Gold Panda International Cartoon and Illustration Competition which was held in Guangxi City, China.

Masud Ziaii, Shahram Rezaii, Mohammad-Ali Khalaji, Rahim Baqqal-Asghari and Mohammad Akbari were among 30 participants who won the special prize of jury meeting.

Works competed in two sections; works with “Panda, Our Best Friend” and free theme.

*CHIPP Awards Iran's Hossein Fatemi

Iranian photojournalist Hossein Fatemi has been awarded by the 2010 China International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP) for his pictures of Afghan victims of landmine.

Fatemi received the Gold Medal of the event's People in the News category for his overwhelming depictions of Afghan civilians, who have been amputated by landmines left behind from the Soviet occupation of the country from 1979 until 1989.

Soviet troops deployed landmines widely in every conceivable terrain including roads, electricity pylons, bridges and abandoned houses.

Vast swathes of the war-torn country remain littered with an assortment of mines from anti-personnel to anti-tank. Kabul is still the most heavily mined capital city in the world.

The UN mine information network estimates that 62 people are killed or injured by landmines every month in Afghanistan.

Fatemi also received the Bronze Medal of the 2010 CHIPP for his collection of ten photos showing people mud bathing in Iran's northwestern Orumiyeh Lake.

Born in 1980, Fatemi has extensively photographed in Lebanon, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Russia, India and Afghanistan. He was selected as Iran's Photojournalist of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Fatemi, who is currently working with Panos Pictures, has documented war scenes in Georgia, Afghanistan and Lebanon and worked with the United Press International (UPI), Fars News Agency, Zuma Press, EPA (European Pressphoto Agency) and the Associated Press.

His photographs have been widely published in the world's best-known magazines and newspapers including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post and Paris Mach.

Fatemi has received the 2006 Silver Medal of the Delaware Photographic Society, the Silver Medal of China's 2007 International Photojournalism Contest, the Gold Medal of the 2005 and 2006 Asahi Shimbon International Competition and the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Gold Medal at the 2009 International Virtual FC Quilmes photography festival in Chile.

*Swiss Festival Awards “Please Don’t Disturb”

The Iranian film “Please Don’t Disturb” brought first international award for Iranian cinema at the beginning of the Iranian New Year at the Fribourg International Film Festival.

Directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab, the film won the special jury award at the festival, which was held from March 19 to 26 in Switzerland.

The jury members recognized the film for the award because of its “precision and gentleness of its gaze, for a camera with the correct distance and for the liquid story of ordinary people in Tehran today”.

As the festival’s website announced, the award is bestowed by the International Jury for “inventiveness in script and directing, for renewal of cinematographic language or for thematic and formal audacity”.

The 2010 tri-segmented Iranian social drama, “Please Don’t Disturb” is set in contemporary Tehran and portrays city life in three distinctive episodes with sentiment, sensitivity and wit.

*Gharibpour Will Lead Czech Festival Jury

Iranian stage director Behrouz Gharibpour is slated to lead the jury of the 15th World Festival of Puppet Arts in the Czech capital of Prague.

Gharibpour will be joined by other international directors and puppeteers, including Jerry Bickel from the United States and Sid Ahmed Meddah from Algeria.

This is the fourth time that Iranian stage director serves on the jury of World Festival of Puppet Arts.

Known for his extensive research on Qajar puppetry, Gharibpour has staged his puppet plays in numerous domestic and foreign festivals, including the 11th World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague and the 2008 International Incanti Figure Theatre Festival in Italy.

He received the Sirene d'Oro Prize of Italy's 2009 Arrivano dal Mare Puppet Festival for his contribution to the art of puppetry.

Macbeth, Ashura and Mowlavi puppet operas are among his best-known works.

Organized by the World Association of Puppeteers and the International Institute of Marionette Art, this year's World Festival of Puppet Arts will present theatre shows, puppet films and puppet video from May 30 to June 5, 2011.

Participants will enjoy a wide range of puppet shows from traditional to new and innovation performances for both children and adults.

The annual festival will present selected works with Best Animation, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Scenery and Puppet Design, Best Original Performance, Best Artistic Creation, Best Performance, Best Puppet Film, Best Puppet Video and a number of special awards.

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