Source: Tehran Times
Iranian farmer Mahmud Mansuri has won the Icon Films Emerging Talent Award at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol in the southwest of England. He won the award for his collaboration in "In the Realm of the Spider-tailed Viper", a documentary film directed by Iranian Fathollah Amiri about the spider-tailed viper that lives in the western Iranian province of Ilam.
Iranian Farmer Mahmud Mansuri with Spider-Tailed Horned Viper
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Mansuri missed the awards ceremony held on Friday as the British Embassy in
Tehran refused to grant him a visa, the Persian service of IRNA reported on
The documentary was produced at the Wildlife Pictures Institute, a Tehran-based center producing films on wildlife.
"This revealing documentary explains the discovery of a rare and unique snake
called the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper and the amazing man who made it happen,"
the Wildlife Pictures Institute wrote.
"On the journey to discover this snake, our production team met up with a farmer
named Mahmud, and sought his help to find the rare viper. During the making of
this documentary, some strange things happened, and the destiny of Mahmoud has
been changed," it added.
"Rise of the Warrior Apes" by Keo Films in the United Kingdom received the WWF Golden Panda Award. The film also won the Script Award and Films at 59 Sound Award.
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