Iranian Filmmakers’ Achievements

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Active ImageYoung Iranian filmmaker Soroush Javadian's Lotus Garden has been praised at the International Environmental Film Festival EKO OKO.

Competing with 20 films from 9 countries, Javadian's 10-minute documentary was granted the event's honorary diploma.

The Lotus Garden was also admired by film critics present at the festival and its 22-year-old director was invited to present his film at the International Jahorina Eco & Tourfilm Festival in Bosnia.

“I'm a young Iranian man and come from a country with a 7,000-year-old civilization and unique ecosystem and natural qualities,” Javadian said upon receiving his prize.

“People pay special attention to nature in my country and always try to protect their environment,” he added.

Javadian finished his speech with a message to the international community, calling for a joint effort to protect our planet.

“Let's forget about the political borders and help one another in protecting our environment and turn our abode into an earthly paradise.”

The Lotus Garden and Yasaman Sharif-Manesh's Sediment represented Iran at the EKO OKO festival, held from March 3 to 7, 2010.

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the festival also screened films from the US, Canada, Egypt, the UK, Spain, France, Switzerland and Bosnia.

Active ImageIranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is set to serve on the international jury of the 2010 Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF).

The award-winning director will be joined by Hanna Schygulla (Germany), Igor Minaev (Ukraine), Michel Ciment (France) and Patrick Ferla (Switzerland).

Widely considered as Iran's premier female director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, has won numerous international awards and received an Honorary Degree for her contribution to World Cinema and the Iranian culture and society from London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

This year's Fribourg film festival will also careen Bani-Etemad's We Are Half of Iran's Population in its Special Screenings section along with films from Cuba, China and France.

The 47-minute movie pictures Iranian women talking to Iran's 2009 presidential candidates as half of the country's population, who deserve equal rights with men.

The Swiss festival will also screen Tehroun by Franco-Iranian filmmaker Nader. T. Homayoun in its feature-length competition section.

Born in Paris and graduated from the FEMIS sectional completion, Nader T. Homayoun has made seven films including a long documentary. Tehroun is his first feature-length production.

The 24th FIFF will be held from March 13 to 20, 2010 in Switzerland.

Active ImageIranian filmmaker Ramtin Lavvafipour has been invited to serve on the jury of the 2010 Roma Independent Film Festival (RIFF).

The award-winning director will be part of the event's Best Feature Film jury.

Lavvafipour is best-known for his first feature-length production Calm Down and Count to Seven, which has been awarded in numerous international festivals.

Made in the style of documentary realism and with dynamic camera work, the 90-minute film is a sensitive reflection of the changes in a small fishing village as it moves from its traditional lifestyle toward consumerism.

The 2010 RIFF will be held from April 8 to 16 in the categories of Feature Films, New Frontiers (first feature film), Documentary Film, Short Films, Student Films, Digital Short, Video Animation, Made in Short and Screenwriting.

The Roma Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is Rome's first independent and international film festival and tries to create an active and fruitful venue by holding retrospectives, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and music concerts on the sidelines of the film festival.

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