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5/1/06

Babak & Friends Nominated for The Persian Golden Lioness Awards

By: Sara Sefeed

 

Budapest, April 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”.


 
 


L.A. Premiere of Babak & Friends a First Norooz Left to Right : Aly Jetha,
Catherine Bell, Dustin Ellis, Mastaneh Moghadam & Shabnam Rezaei
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Norooz Productions

The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be held in Budapest in October of 2006. The Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be conferred out in three major categories including the Arts (Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts, and Music), Literature (Novels, Short stories, Poetry, Lyrics, and Play-writing) and Media (News TVs, Radios, Websites, Magazines, Media Productions). Last year’s award recipients included agencies such as Voice of America – VOA® and BBC® as well as legends such as Houshmand Aghili, Muhammad Heidari, Akbar Golpayegani,  Sattar, Behrouz Vossoughi and Masoud Assadolahi were honored.

 

 


About Norooz Productions

 

Norooz 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.

 

 

About World Academy of Arts, Literature, & Media-WAALM® 

 

The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media- WAALM®  is an extension and awarding body of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI® www.ifsi.hu. It supports, develops, 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. WAALM confers the most outstanding people of Arts, Literature, and Media from all over the world for their contribution and dedications in their practice and industry with a mystic Persian Golden Lioness Award® statuette to mark their efforts and celebrate their success.  For more, go to http://www.waalm.com

 

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