TEHRAN – Iranian shorts “Paper God” and “The Recess” won awards at the 15th San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, organizers announced on Sunday.
“Paper God” won Danial Mahmudnia the First Director’s Award.
The film is about Ali, a disabled boy in a wheelchair who aspires to climb to the top of a cliff from where he can launch his paper plane like the other boys.
“The Recess” by Navid Nikkhah-Azad won the award for best short dramatic film.
The film tells the story of Sahar, a 17-year-old student who is determined to skip high school during recess and go to the football stadium to watch the football match between Esteghlal FC and Al-Ain as part of the AFC Champions League. , who is against the national ban on women entering football stadiums in Iran.
“Zoo”, a co-production between Canada, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, was selected as best international film.
Directed by Will Niava, the film revolves around a meeting between three misfits and a struggling man who takes an unexpected turn.
The award for best feature documentary went to “In the Water: Behind the Lens” directed by Johnny Gonzales of the United States
It’s about aquatic photographers and the dangers and challenges they face in getting the photo seen in magazines and on their covers around the world.
“Garage Romantic” directed by Dan Sadgrove from New Zealand was crowned Best Documentary Short.
The film tells the story of a big dreamer from the small town of Togliatti, Russia, who reflects on life while building a rocket-powered sled from discarded trash.
The prize for best animation went to “The Infinite” by Italian director Simone Massi.
In this film, 15 years have passed and Roberto is still in love with his neighbor, but she prefers to hide the shame of her body. With his art and an old clothesline as his only means of communication, Roberto has a plan to get his beloved to face his monsters at the same time.
“Change Is Coming” directed by Sophia Montoya of the United States won the award for best environmental film. This film shows that the destruction of the planet leaves a new generation of activists to fight the status quo and save the earth and their future.
The award for Best Experimental Film went to “Dedicated to These Who” directed by Jules Retzlaff of the United States, a hybrid documentary and visual album exploring the struggles of San Francisco’s past, present and future.
Nischal Sharma from India was chosen as the best student director for her film “Rimi”. This is Rimi, a housewife, stuck in the mundane life of domesticity who finds herself on the verge of leaving everything behind and embracing liberation when a desire arises in her after meeting the young and attractive Riya.
Directed by Ale Damiani of Uruguay, “Made in China” was named best comedy film. In this film, after a correspondence on Tinder, a young couple wakes up the next morning to discover that a strange pandemic will put them in containment together.
Photo: “Paper God” by Iranian director Danial Mahmudnia.
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