Iranian Artists & Filmmakers Win Awards

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's latest production Certified Copy has been awarded at the 2010 Valladolid Film Festival in Spain.

Starring Academy-Award winning French actress Juliette Binoche, the film shared the event's top Golden Spike award with Argentinean filmmaker Miguel Cohan's No Return.

The festival's Best Screenplay, Main Competition Youth Jury and Audience awards went to Incendies by Canada's Denis Villeneuve, while the Special Jury award was snagged by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic's immigration-drama On the Path.

Iranian director Babak Najafi's Swedish character-drama Sebbe topped the fest's Meeting Point contempo pic panorama.

Participating films were judged by a five-member international jury board composed of Adoor Gopalakrishan (India), Maria Botto (Argentina), Miriam Allen (Ireland), Jaime Rosales (Spain) and Mar Targarona (Spain).

Kiarostami's first film outside Iran, Certified Copy was also screened at the 2010 Cannes film festival, where it won Binoche the Best Actress award of the prestigious event.

Produced by France's MK2, the film is in French and English, and recounts a love story set in the Chianti countryside in Italy.

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

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.

The 55th Valladolid Film Festival was held from October 23 to 30, 2010.

Active Image*Iranian cartoonist Shahin Hoshmand won the third prize at the X Biennial of Ecological Cartoon Sokobanja which was held in Bulgaria.

Stefan Despodov from Bulgaria won the first prize and Toso Borkovic from Serbia received the second prize.

Subject: Ecology - Forests & Waters

First prize: 10 days in the Sokobanja for two persons and diploma
Second prize: 7 days in the Sokobanja for two persons and diploma
Third prize: 3 days in the Sokobanja for two persons and diploma

*Iran took first place awards at the 4th International Illumination and Miniature Festival of Algiers which ran from October 16 to 21.

Active ImageThe competition was held in two different sections of miniature and illumination, where the first award in miniature was handed to Reza Badrossama and the second award went to Afshin Pezeshki. The two artists come from Isfahan.

mirhushang Aqamiri from Tehran took the first award in illumination and the second award went to Mostafa Aqamiri.

Some eighty artists from Iran, Tunisia, France, India, Lebanon and other countries participated in the event.

Iranian miniaturist Alireza Aqamiri served on the festival’s jury.

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