Tousi’s film won the Best Narrative Short prize at the event, which began online on Nov. 5 and will continue through Nov. 15.
The film narrates the story of a little boy (played by Ali-Akbar Sharhanzadeh) who is the owner of the only American bull in the area and has a very good relationship with it. He makes money by renting the bull to other bull owners for mating, Mehr News Agency reported.
‘American Bull’ has had several international screenings, the most notable of which was at the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany, which is considered to be one of the oldest short film festivals in the world. It has been accredited by the Fédération internationale des associations des producteurs de films (FIAPF) since 1960, and is a reference festival of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
It has also won the Best Film Award at the Dhaka International Film Festival.
According to aiffest.org, the festival’s jury members were Akasa Stephe Angba, Lawrence Benedict, Kate Bernhardt, Alice Bouvrie, Barbara Costa, Shahrzad Dadgar, Paul Dervis, Elizabeth DiNolfo, Alice Markowitz, Nuno Sá Pessoa, Sandip Pratihar, Phil Pritchard, Bernice Schneider, Eric Stange, Belal Taheri, Marga Varea, and Yahia Zakaria.
“The Arlington festival offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond. We are registered in Arlington, Massachusetts as an organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and increasing multicultural awareness and understanding. The festival is a means for recognizing that such diversity enriches our community.”