High-ranking officials including Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeid Namaki, Ravayat-e Fath (Tale of Victory) Cultural Foundation Mohammad-Yashar Naderi, senior Iranian composer Majid Entezami, head of the festival Mehdi Azimi-Mirabadi, and martyrs’ families and mass media reporters were present at the ceremony, wrote moqavematfilmfest.ir.
Addressing the ceremony, Azimi-Mirabadi underscored that art plays a key role in influencing the audience.
He added that so far over 9,000 works from 180 countries were submitted to the secretariat of the event, of which 3,700 works are from the US, the UK, France, India and Palestine.
Hailing the zealous efforts of the organizers of the festival, Azimi-Mirabadi noted this prestigious international cinematic event was eventually held amid the spread of the coronavirus.
Azimi-Mirabadi said the event was highly welcomed by a huge number of Iranian artists and the public.
The Best Video Clip award went to ‘Holol’ by Farid Farkhondeh-Kish, and the Best Animation award was presented to ‘Dark City’ by Amir Mehran.
‘All Maryams’ by Ammar Khatti and ‘A letter from Damascus’ by Abbas Imanian received Best Short Fiction and Best Short Documentary awards, respectively.
Reza Farahmand’s ‘Women with Gun Powdered Earrings’ won the Best Feature-Length Documentary Film award.
‘Survivor,’ by Seifollah Daad, received the Cinema Section award of the Festival of Festivals.
In the Health Defenders section, ‘Coronavirus’ by Pouya Raeisi received the Motion Graphics award.
The Video Clips award went to ‘One Day Again,’ directed by Mohajer Tohid-Parast. ‘The Savior,’ by Arjun Mukherjee from India, won the Best Animation award of this section.
Best Short Fiction and Best Short Documentary awards were given to ‘Last Meeting,’ by Mohsen Mashreqi, and ‘In the Silence of the Night,’ by Amir Hossein Mirsaberi, respectively.
Inaugurated on Sept. 21, the festival was wrapped up on Sept. 27, coinciding with the Sacred Defense Week, covering the sections: “Health Defenders”; and from November 21 to 27, in the sections: “Main Competition,” “Resistance Prominent Martyr – Special Section,” “Best Film Competition in Absolute Sense” and “Narrations of Pen – Scriptwriting Competition.”