Iranian Artists Win Awards

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Elham Asadi's Poot has been awarded at the 2010 edition of the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in the US.

Asadi's 2009 production, making its North American debut, received the Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short, held from April 8 to 11, 2010 in the city of Durham.

Poot is about the ancient Iranian tradition of carpet weaving, documenting the details and precision that goes into each hand-loomed creation.

The event's Anne Dellinger Grand Jury Award went to Enemies of the People, directed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath. The film also grabbed the festival's Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema.

*Iran's Mahmoud Azadnia has received the second award of the 2010 PortoCartoon World Festival, organized by the Portuguese Printing Press Museum.

Active ImageRahim Asghari-Baqal and Jalal Pirmazabad were also granted the event's honorable mentions along with artists from Argentia, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Scotland, France, Portugal, Romania and Turkey.

The jury awarded the festival's grand prize to Poland's Jerzy Gluszek, while Stefaan Provijn from Belgium won the third prize.

Some 600 cartoonists from 71 countries participated in the 12th edition of the PortoCartoon World Festival, held on the theme of 'Airplanes and Flying Machines.'

Iran had the highest number of participants in the event with 322 works by more than 90 artists, 16 of whom were women.

*Iranian writer and illustrator Hoda Haddadi has received honorary mention at the Bologna Children's Book Fair for her latest illustrated book Two Friends.

Hoda Haddadi received honorary mention in the 'New Horizons' section of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, one of the most important international events dedicated to children's publishing and the multimedia industry.

Two Friends depicts a story of two friends spending three happy days in a jungle. The short story shows them discovering the characteristics and traits of the jungle, from its small animals to its giant tress.

The jury believed that the energetic illustration of the book revisited the 20th century tale, in which objects, leaves, seeds, and tree trunks become part of a single narrative while retaining their original identity.

The jury especially liked the book's grammar and syntax, which they maintained would help the reader discover all the fascination of an ancient herbarium found in the meandering format of a fairytale.

Active ImageHaddadi is a graduate of graphics from Art University. She is a writer and illustrator of children's books. As an illustrator she has won many awards such as the one she received in 2002 at the Nooma Festival in Japan. Her illustration was copied in the 2005 UNESCO calendar.

*Iranian calligraphers won awards in the Nastaliq Section of the 8th International Calligraphy Competition.

Alireza Mohebi-Sheikhlari won the first place award of the section. Second place went to Qasem Memazadeh-Ghafari IRAN and Mehdi Foruzandeh was awarded the third prize.

The competition from April 5 to 15 in Istanbul, Turkey was held by the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) which is affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Conferences.

Alireza Taljangani, Mohammadreza Rahimipur and Mostafa Rezaee received honorary mention at the competition.

This edition of the competition is dedicated to the late Syrian Calligrapher MuhammadBadawi al-Dirani (1894-1967). The calligraphy competition is organized periodically once every three years.

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