Iranian Artists Latest Achievements

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Active Image*Iranian artist Mostafa Aqamiri has been awarded at the 4th edition of the Sharjah Biennial for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy held in the United Arab Emirates.

Aqamiri received the gold medal of the event for his 'Shamseh' illumination, which derives its name from the Arabic word of Shams meaning the sun.

The medal was sent to the 45-year-old Iranian artist along with an honorable mention and books of his displayed works.

Organized by the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, the biennial event showcased some 821 artworks by 333 artists from April 7 to June 7, 2010.

Iran's Sara Mir-Nezami, Ahmad Mohammadpour, Sepideh Aqamiri and Mohammad Yaqoubian also took part in the event competing with artists from 28 countries including Turkey, Germany, Canada, India, Egypt, Malaysia and Japan.

Active Image*Iran's Mohammad-Ali Khalaji has won the first prize of the 2nd International Comic Artist Conference (ICC) awards on the theme of 'The Rapprochement of Cultures.'

Khalaji was granted the top award of the event's cartoon and illustration section, while the Excellence awards went to Cristobal Reinoso from Argentina and Angel Boligan from Mexico.

Iran's Mohsen Asadi and Saeed Sadeqi were also nominated in the same category.

Winners of this year's Comics section were Malaysia's Lee Chak Khuen (First Prize), and Leong Wan Kok and Lee Kok Ching (Excellence Award).

The 2010 ICC awards were held in an effort to promote world peace by encouraging rapprochement among cultures, civilizations, and people.

The selected works will be displayed at the 11th International Comic Artist Conference, which will be held in Bucheon, South Korea in September 2010.

Active Image*Iranian puppet designer Sima Mirza-Hosseini has been granted Canada's 2010 Arlyn Award for creating the puppets for the Arash puppet play.

Mirza-Hosseini won the award for her 'outstanding' design of the puppets used in a play, she co-directed with Fahimeh Mirza-Hosseini.

Granted by the Arlyn Award Society in British Columbia, the award consists of a trophy and a cash prize.

A three-member jury including at least one established puppeteer and one established non-puppeteer theatrical designer selects winners.

The North Shore Arts Commission established the award in memory of the creative puppet designer and co-founder and artistic director of Coad Canada Puppets, Arlyn Patricia Hill Coad.

The Arash puppet show is a project by Iran's Apple Tree puppet Theater group which has participated in many national and international events.

The group was selected as the best creative young puppetry group in Iran from the country's Dramatic Art Center and the Best Director Award of the Union of Iranian Puppet Theatre in May 2010.

Active Image*Iranian productions received two international awards at Portugal’s Avanca Film Festival that took place from July 23 to August 1.

“The Other” by director Mehdi Rahmani grabbed the World Premiere Prize, while cinematographer Fereidun Shirdel received photography award for “When the Lemons Turned Yellow” by director Mohammadreza Vatandust.

Starring Mohammadreza Forutan and Merlia Zarei, “The Other” narrates the journey of a young adult with a man who is soon to become his stepfather.

“When the Lemons Turned Yellow” centers on an engaged couple Shahrbanu and Shahram who volunteer to help at the warfront right at the beginning of the Iran-Iraq (1980-1988) war where Shahrbanu disappears.

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