News ID: 169190
Published: 0325 GMT September 24, 2016

Two Iranian films awarded at India's Woodpecker festival

Two Iranian films awarded at India's Woodpecker festival

Iranian animations 'Junk Girl' and 'The Earth Is Breathing' won two international awards at the 4th Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) in India.

'Junk Girl', directed by Shalale Kheiri and Mohammad Zare, won the Best Animation Award at the Indian film festival. Made in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, this short animated film is about a doll girl made of junk, who is mistreated by everyone and is forced to leave her city. The plot is based on a poem by Tim Burton from his 'The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, and Other Stories'.

The animated piece recently won  the Best Experimental Animation Award at the International Motion Picture Festival in the United States, Mehr News Agency reported.

The other Iranian production, 'The Earth Is Breathing', written, directed and produced by Ali Pourisa, jointly won the Best International Short Film award with a film from Myanmar.

Pourisa's film is about a woman named Fereshteh who lives with her mother and is constantly preoccupied with their garden, until one day a secret is revealed about the garden.

The film has so far been accepted for participation in 19 international festivals in North America, Asia and Europe.

The 4th Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF), as India's premier competitive film festival focusing on issue-based cinema, was held in New Delhi from September 15 to 18, 2016.

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