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Iranian Films Win Awards at India's Film Festival

Monday, November 23, 2009

Active ImageIranian films have collected a number of awards at the 2009 edition of India's Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival (ICFF).

Pouria Aqili's I Pity the Ozone Layer won the event's Silver Elephant award for the best short film, while The Cunning Tailor and the Young Man by Rashin Keyrieh received the Silver Elephant award for the best animation film.

Masoud Naqashzadeh's Child and the Angel won the Silver Elephant award for the best screen play.

The Children's jury of the festival also awarded the Golden Plaque for the best film to Iran's Vahid NikKhah-Azad's Half Mine and Half Yours.

Iranian filmmaker Ali Vazirian served on the festival's International Jury board along with Nagesh Kukunoor (India), Inka Friese (Germany) and Dr. Shantha Sinha (India).

The jury was led by Norwegian director and writer Lars Berg.

The Indian biennial gave its Golden Elephant Award for the best feature film to Germany's Crocodiles directed by Christion Ditter, which also won the Silver Elephant Award for the best screenplay.

The best director award of the International Competition category went to Sweden's Harald Hamrel for A Witch in the Family.

The Silver Elephant Award for the best animation film was granted to Sally Pearce from the UK for the short film The Crocodiles.

In the Asian Panorama section, China's Two Men's Classroom by Dong Ling won the best feature film award.

The Golden Elephant award for the best director in the same section went to India's Pandiraj for Kids.

The 16th Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) was held from 14th to 20th November in Hyderabad, India.

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