Iranian Artists & Filmmakers Win Awards

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Active Image*The 2010 edition of the Cervino CineMountain Festival in Italy has awarded first-time Iranian director Esmail Monsef short film Oyan.

The 19-minute production received the Grand Prix "XIII Cervino CineMountain" Conseil de la Vallee of the event, held from July 30 to August 8, 2010, in Valtournenche.

Oyan, which has also received the Silver Gentian award of Italy's 2010 Trento Film Festival, recounts the story of a postman and a girl who is waiting to receive letters from her husband who is a prisoner across the border.

Monsef has produced more than 30 short films and documentaries and Oyan is his first experience as a director.

Organized by the Associazione Culturale Strade del Cinema in collaboration with the City of Valtournenche, Cervino CineMountain Festival screens films on the themes of environment, climate, adventure, sport, culture and history.

The festival aims to present films with special characteristics in terms of research, quality and innovation.

Active Image*Academy-Award-winning Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has been appointed to lead the Asian Film Academy at this year's Pusan International Film Festival.

The 70-year-old filmmaker will be joined by Japanese director Ogiganami Naoko and Korean cinematographer Kim Hyung-gu.

Filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.

His latest production Certified Copy was screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival winning the Best Actress Award for Juliette Binoche.

He has also held a photo exhibition at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum.

Kiarostami has staged Mozart's comic opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum Theater and the 2008 Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-provence in France.

Established in cooperation with the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and South Korea's Dongseo University in 2005, the AFA includes educational programs such as workshops, master classes and seminars.

The 17-day program will begin on Sept. 30 with the participation of 24 students from 16 countries, who will also work on joint projects such as making a short film, which will be screened during the 2010 PIFF.

The Asian Film Academy has so far trained 123 graduates from 24 countries, including Singapore's Boo Junfeng whose 2010 Sandcastle was invited to this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Active Image*Iranian cartoonist and animator Ali Derakhshi has been awarded at the 2010 edition of the annual Asian Youth Animation & Comics Contest, held in Guiyang, China.

Derakhshi's Wild Life received the event's Special Jury Award in the animation section, Mehr News Agency reported.

Born in 1977, Derakhshi began his artistic career in 1990. He has participated in numerous national and international events.

Iran also had two representatives as 2010 AYCC jury members. Masoud Shojaei-Tabatabaei served on the comics and illustration board of jury and Bahram Azimi was a member of the animation jury.

The 2010 AYCC was held on the theme of 'Water, Origin of Life' from August 6 to 8 with aim of discovering young talents, strengthening international cooperation and expanding mutual understanding and appreciation.

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