By: Sara Sefeed
2006 – Earlier this month, The World Academy of Arts,
Literature, and Media - WAALM® announced the nomination of Dustin Ellis
in the category of Dramatic Arts (Best Directing of Animated film), for the film
“Babak & Friends – A First Norooz”. WAALM®, based in Budapest, is a young
organization aiming to support, develop, and promotes the dramatic and fine
arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media
productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners,
and benefiting the public.
Dustin Ellis, the director of this heartwarming holiday special, said, “While I am honored to receive this award, the real credit should go to my team and the talented people who have brought this project together. My producers Aly Jetha, Shabnam Rezaei, and my dear wife Mastaneh Moghadam are the reason we were able to bring this film to market. With their continued commitment, we will be able to drive the mission of Norooz Productions, which is to entertain children while teaching them a little about their culture and heritage.” Mr. Ellis has been in the field of animation for over 12 year, having worked alongside Brad Bird (The Incredibles) on the Iron Giant. He also worked on many classic cartoons and favorites such as “The Woody Woodpecker Show”, “The Rugrats Movie”, “Jimmy Neutron” and “Scooby Doo”.
Catherine Bell, Dustin Ellis, Mastaneh Moghadam & Shabnam Rezaei
© Norooz Productions
The 2nd Annual Persian Golden
Lioness Awards® will be held in
Productions develops products to entertain and teach children about different
cultures. Norooz believes that entertainment can be educational and effective
for learning new cultures and languages. High quality products include
animation movies, storybooks and language learning tools. With this mission, Norooz hopes to
create a more diverse and understanding society.
Babak and Friends is the brand focused on promoting the larger Persian culture. The first products include Babak’s adventures in an animated film: Babak and Friends – A First Norooz and two storybooks: Babak and Friends – A Visit from Maman Bozorg. For more go to www.babakandfriends.com.
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