Ali Jannati: Fajr Is an Excellent Example of Iran’s Cultural Diplomacy
The closing ceremony of the 33th international section of Fajr Film Festival was held in Vahdat Hall at 5 p.m. with Iranian and international guests attending the ceremony.
According to the Public Relations Office of the section of Fajr Film Festival, the 33th international section of Fajr Film Festival was held in Vahdat Hall with the presence of Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the Head of the Cinematic Organization, the Director of Fajr Film Festival, the Head of the International Section of Iranian Cinema, and other national and international artists.
In the ceremony, the foreign guests from the international section of the Festival, 18th Tehran Film Market, the jury board of international section, many national and international TV channels, ambassadors, cultural counselors, the crew members of the films of the competitive section, and the press were present.
Also, the awards of the competitive section of the Festival, including “Eastern Panorama”, “Salvation Cinema” and “Art and Experience”, were given to the winners in the closing ceremony.
Alireza Rezadad, director of the 33th international section of Fajr Film Festival, started the ceremony by stating that the connections between the nations are getting more and more deepened, and cinema is one of the tools to enrich these experiences.
The minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Ali Jannati, also noted that the 33th international section of Fajr Film Festival is an excellent example of Iran’s cultural diplomacy, and I am positive this festival will gain more international acclamation in its next editions.
After Jannati’s speech, the awards for the Eastern Panorama Section were announced as follows:
1- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Film is dedicated to Batumengke the producer of Norjmaa directed by Bayaneruul from China
2- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Directing is dedicated to Elchin Musaoglu for Nabat from Azerbaijan
3- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Script is dedicated to What’s the Time in Your World? to Safi Yazdanian.
4- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Actor is dedicated to Marat Oripov for The Teacher from Tajikistan
5- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Actress is dedicated to Badema for Norjmaa from China
6- Crystal Simorogh of Special Jury Award is dedicated to “Men Who Save the World” by Liew Seng Tat from Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany and France
* When Elchin Musaoglu went onstage he thanked Fatemeh Motamedarya by saying: “she is a great actress with a big soul.”
After the awards, a clip was shown where many foreign people who attended the festival were present in it.
After that, Hojjatolah Ayoubi, the head of Cinematic Organization, honored two Rumi Researchers, Vladimiri Malaychof and Leili Anvar, and also gave them Shams Medal.
In the next part of the ceremony, two films in the Art and Experince Section were given awards as follows:
1- Statue of Art and Experience is dedicated to Bird People directed by Pascal Ferran from France, England and Japan
2- Statue of Art and Experience is dedicated to Confessions of My Dangerous Mind directed by Houman Seyyedi from Iran
This section was followed by the special award of the 5muslim Women; beginning with the speech in Persian by the Lebanese actress, one of the jury members. The results of this section were:
1- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Young Talent is dedicated to Ali Mollagholipour director of Sugar-bowl of Dowry from Iran
2- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Nations Unification is dedicated to Sayk Sher-Niyaz director of Queen of the Mountain from Kirgizstan
3- The Moustapha Akkad's Special Prize (Golden Flag) dedicated to Michel Hazanavicius for The Search from France and Georgia.
The last part of the festival, awards for the World Cinema (Salvation Cinema), started after the awards were given to the winners of Young Talent Award. The winners of the third section were as follows:
1- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Film is dedicated to Richie Mehta the producer and director of Siddharth from Canada and India
2- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Directing is dedicated to Faruk Hicihafizoglu for Snow Pirates from Turkey.
3- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Script is dedicated to Chen Yang, Wang Bing, Luo Siwei, Sun Haifan, Li Dan, Li Songzhang, and Zhang Peng for Norjmaa from China
4- Crystal Simorogh of The Best Actor is dedicated to Govardhan for Names Unknown from India
5.- Crystal Simorogh of Special Jury Award is dedicated to Borderless by Amir Hossein Asgari from Iran
Last but not least, an orchestra with women percussionist called Nayrika wrapped the closing ceremony of the international section of Fajr Festival.