Iranian Artists & Filmmakers Win Awards

Monday, May 23, 2011

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Turkey Awards Iran Photographers

Iranian underwater photographers have scooped awards during the 9th edition of Turkey's International Kemer Underwater Days (IKUD) held in Antalya.

Iran's Behzad Torkizadeh and Siamak Derakhshan won the second and third awards of the event's Underwater Archeology Photography Competition MASTERS SECTION respectively.

The third award of the Underwater Archeology Photography Competition went to Esmail Golrokh, and Rouzbeh Karami received the third prize of the Underwater Nature Photography Competition.

Milorad Duknic, Prof. Ahmet Tirpan, Prof. Metin Karadag, Dr. Osman Kahyaoglu, Ates Evirgen, Erhan Ozturk, Tacettin Saglar, Aydin Aytug, Leonore Wolf and Turgay Isiklar judged the works of the underwater photography categories.

The IKUD is a week of activities organized by the Mediterranean Underwater Archeological Research Center (AASAM) and the Foundation for the Promotion of Kemer (KETAV), whose goal is to introduce the natural and archeological beauties of Antalya.

This year's event presented different types of activities such as underwater imaging competitions, underwater documentary and film projections and underwater photography exhibitions.

The 2011 IKUD also held the Archeologist Metin Pehlivaner award ceremony to pay tribute to those who have contributed to Turkey's underwater archeology.

Turkey is also slated to host the 13th Underwater Photo World Championship (CMAS) from May 26 to 31, 2011, in Bodrum.

*Serbian Festival Awards Iran Puppet Play

The 18th edition of Serbia's Subotica International Festival of Children's Theatres has awarded The Last Flower by Iranian director Zohreh Behrouzinia.

The anti-war play won the event's Special Jury Prize for presenting humanistic principles and promoting peace, ISNA reported.

The Last Flower was the only Iranian participant in the annual festival which competed with 19 other performances from 18 countries such as Russia, France, Brazil, Bosnia and Romania.

The play only had one performance at Subotica's National Theater on May 18, 2011. It has also been staged in Russia, Poland and Bulgaria.

Jaroslaw Antoniuk (Poland), Vladmir Biryukov (Russia), Robert Waltl (Slovenia), Pavel Hubicka (Czech Republic) and Miroslav Radonjic (Serbia) judged this year's participants.

Artists, theatre experts and students from various parts of the world attended the 2011 edition of the Subotica International Festival of Children's Theatres which also covered touring performances throughout Vojvodina and the rest of Serbia and the Festival reprise in Hungary.

The focus of this year's festival was Romanian Puppetry which was presented through an exhibition of puppets, costumes, set design sketches and posters by Romanian artists in Subotica, Novi Sad and Vrsac, and participation of puppetry students from Bucharest and Targu Mures.

*Iranian Photographer Wins Intl. Contest

Mehdi Momenzadeh, Iranian photographer, received second prize at the The World At Night (TWAN) Second International Earth and Sky photo contest in the US.

In his awarded photo, 'Isfahan Milky Way', Momenzadeh illustrates how “light pollution” caused by urban life obscures the stars to shine through the sky.

Awarded second prize in the “Against Lights” category of the contest, Momenzadeh won $400 gift certificates from Dubai Telescope for his photo.

Open to anyone of any age around the world, the contest received about 240 entries poured in from 30 different countries, majorly from Iran, Germany, China and the United States, Mehr News Agency reported.

According to the contest theme, "Dark Skies Importance," judges selected 10 best images in two categories, “Beauty of the Night Sky" and "Against the Lights."

The most voted photos were then considered by the contest judge team for 5 winners in each category of the contest.

Babak Tafreshi the Iranian founder and director of the TWAN project, was among the jury members of the contest. He is an award winning night sky photographer, and board member of Astronomers Without Borders,

Highlighted in the TWAN website is, “The selected images are those most effective in impressing people on both how important and amazing the starry sky is and how it affects our lives, and also how bad the problem of light pollution has become."

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have designated TWAN as a special project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

The project has been slated to create and exhibit a collection of photographs and videos of the world's most beautiful and historic sites against a nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events.

*Portugal Awards Iranian Animation

Iranian animation Halftone has been awarded at the 8th edition of Portugal's Black & White Audiovisual Festival held at the Catholic University - Porto.

Directed by Hamideh Javadi, the six-minute production received the Best Animation Video award of the event, which ran from May 11 to 14, 2011, in the city of Porto.

Halftone recounts the story of a violinist who tries to muffle all sounds around him so that he can hear his own musical instrument.

Javadi's work has also been screened at the Istanbul International Short Film Festival in Turkey, the Tehran International Short Film Festival in Iran and the La.Meko Filmfestival in Landau, Germany.

The Black & White Audiovisual Festival granted its Best Experimental Video award to The Homogenics by Gerard Freixes and Best Music Video award to Tiago Soares's Roncos do Diabo.

Andre Guiomar's Piton won this year's B&W Prize and Best Documentary Video award, while the Best Fiction Video award went to Negative by Yoav Hornung.

Chris Chafe (USA), Leonor Silveira (Portugal), Pib (France) and Sahra Kunz (Portugal) judged this year's competing productions.

The eighth Black & White Audiovisual Festival screened 30 videos, 8 photographic sequences and 8 audio works from 13 countries including Germany, Georgia, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.

The annual festival only accepts black and white entries in an attempt to educate viewers to the specificity of black and white which tends to be regarded as uninteresting.

*Kazakh Festival Awards Iranian Films

Two Iranian productions have been awarded at the 9th edition of Kazakhstan's Shaken Stars Film Festival held in the city of Almaty.

Shahram Mokri's Raw, Cooked, Burnt and Mohammad-Ali Hashemzehi's Askou received the Best Short Film awards of the event's short fiction films and short documentary films sections respectively.

Mokri is one of the most successful Iranian directors whose films have been screened in numerous national and international festivals. His Limit of Circle received the Bronze Ebensee Bear of Austria's 36th Festival of Nations.

Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories, Dragonfly Storm and Andosi are also among Mokri's films.

Mohammad-Ali Hashemzehi is best known for his depictions of traditional and regional rituals of Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province.

He has made 13 documentaries, including Liko and Nowruz in Baluchestan.

The annual Shaken Stars Film Festival is an international event organized to help young filmmakers compete and create favorable conditions for their professional growth.

The festival was established in 2003 to honor Kazakh actor and director Shaken Aimanov, who is considered the father of Kazakh cinematography.

The 2011 Shaken Stars Film Festival was held from May 11 to 15.

*Asia, Europe to Air Iran Animation

A number of international companies have acquired the rights to screen and distribute Shekarestan, an Iranian animation directed by Babak Nazari.

According to producer of the animation Masoud Safavi, the interested companies are from France and Taiwan, Mehr News Agency reported.

Shekarestan will be dubbed into French and screened in 30 movie theaters in Paris, Safavi added, saying that an Arab film company has also acquired the right to dub and distribute the animation in several Arab countries.

Nazari's animation tells a series of stories inspired by Iranian proverbs.

“I researched about Persian proverbs, anecdotes and stories for more than eight months to make Shekarestan,” explained the award-winning director.

Nazari has directed 90 episodes of Shekarestan, which have won him numerous national and international awards including the best animation award of the 27th Tehran International Short Film Festival.

*Iran's Rahmani to Judge at Avanca

The award-winning Iranian filmmaker, Mehdi Rahmani, is slated to serve on the jury panel of the 2011 Avanca Film Festival in northwestern Portugal.

Rahmani will judge participating films during the annual event, which will screen feature-length productions, documentaries, animations and experimental films from July 20 to 25, Mehr News Agency reported.

Rahmani won the Portuguese festival's 2010 World Premiere Prize for his feature-length production The Other. The film depicts the relationship between a boy and a man, who is soon to become his stepfather.

The Other also grabbed the Best Children's Feature Film award of the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

When the Lemons Turned Yellow was the other award-winning film of the 2010 Avanca Film Festival, which won the event's photography award for Fereydoun Shirdel.

Directed by Mohammad-Reza Vatandoust, the film recounts the story of a couple, who go for voluntary work during the Iraq-Iran war.

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