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Winners catch golden butterflies at Hamedan festival

Photos by ISNA

TEHRAN, June 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- The winners of the 22nd Hamedan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults were awarded Golden Butterflies during the closing ceremony of the five-day festival on June 25.

The ceremony began with a tribute paid to Mohsen Chiniforushan, the director of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) and then the jury were invited to hand the awards to the winners.


Following is a list of the winners in the major sections of the festival.

Iranian Films Section

Best Film: "Music Box" (Mohammad Khazaii)

Best Director: Ebrahim Foruzesh ("Hamun and Darya")

Best Screenplay: "Hamun and Darya" (Ebrahim Foruzesh)

Best Young Actor: Ali Shademan ("A Time to Love")

Best Artistic and Technical Award: "Journey to Distant Land" (Sassan Pesyan)

Hossein Qasemi Jami won the jury special award in this section for "The Murmur of Buddha".

Iranian Short Films Section

Best Film: "Where Is Fatemeh's House" (Fereidun Najafi)

Best Director: Jafar Nurmohammadi ("Morgan")

Asian Films Section

Best Film: "A time to Love" (Ebrahim Foruzesh)

Best Actor: Ali Shademan ("A time to Love")

International Films Section

Best Film: "A time to Love" (Ebrahim Foruzesh)

Best Screenplay: "Red Like the Sky" (Cristiano Bortone, Italy)

Best Director: Gabor Csupo ("Bridge to Terabithia", Hungary)

In addition, the jury special award went to "Music Box" directed by Farzad Motamen and Italian "Red Like the Sky" won the CIFEJ jury award, and Stephanie Green's "New Boy" from England won the short film award.

"A Time to Love" directed by Ebrahim Foruzesh won the audience favorite award at the festival.


Iranian director Rasul Sadr-Ameli and film expert Mohammad-Baqer Qahramani were the Iranian members of the jury.

Maryanne Redpath, director of the Generation, the children's and youth film section at the Berlinale, Greek actor Michail Maniatis, Singaporean filmmaker Songyos Sugmakanan, Chinese producer Yao Guo Ming, and Serbia's Media Education Center Director Miomir Rajcevic were the foreign members.

Some 272 films competed in different sections of the 22nd Hamedan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults and over 130 films from 39 foreign countries, including Argentina, Germany, the United States, Austria, Spain, France, Serbia, South Korea, Canada, and Croatia were screened during the festival which ran from June 21 to 25 in Hamedan.

See more photos on ISNA's web site.

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