Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been offered membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The invitation has been offered for his films This is not a Film and The Circle. 276 artists, including Jafar Panahi, will join the Oscars academy this year. In the director's category, Panahi is among a group of 15 that include other renowned directors such as Steve McQueen, Todd Philips, Kirk Jones and Katherine Hardwick.
Jafar Panahi was arrested during Iran's election protests of 2009 and sentenced to six years in jail and a 20-year ban from filmmaking and traveling abroad.
Panahi collaborated, however, with Kambuzia Partovi in 2013 on the film Closed Curtain, which won the Silver Bear award at the Berlinale.
Panahi's White Balloon, The Circle and Offside have won awards at Cannes, Venice and Berlin respectively.
Related Press Release by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Invites 276 to Membership
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013.
"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy."
The 2013 invitees are: see the list
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