News ID: 278148
Published: 0550 GMT December 14, 2020

Iranian filmmaker Riahi selected to judge in Asiatica

Iranian filmmaker Riahi selected to judge in Asiatica

Arts & Culture Desk

Iranian filmmaker Marzieh Riahi, a member of the Network for Promotion of Asian & Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) was selected to judge the films of the 21st Asiatica Film Festival, slated for December 18-22.

Riahi is the filmmaker and editor-in-chief of Short Film News, which is the first specialized network on documentaries and short films in Asia, ISNA wrote.

Her short film, ‘Driving Lessons,’ brought her considerable success and was qualified for the short film category of the Oscars 2020.

Moreover, the Manhattan Short Film Festival in the US included the short flick in its list of “must-have” finalists.

Riahi’s ‘Driving Lessons’ won the best short film at the 22nd edition of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy; the best non-Irish short award at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival in Ireland; the Golden Apricot for best short film at the 16th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia; the Special Jury Award at the 13th Film Festival for Women’s Rights in South Korea; and best short drama at the 13th edition of the ‘I Will Tell International Film Festival’ in London.

The Iranian filmmaker also evaluated films in several international and national festivals, including the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival in India, the 10th Third Eye Asian Film Festival in India, and the Seventh Iran International Documentary Film Festival, known as Cinéma Vérité.

According to the festival’s website, Asiatica was created in 2000 to establish an original channel of communication between Italy and Asia. Open to changes and new opportunities of confrontation between cultures, the cultural Association Mnemosyne realized this idea, finding in movies the ideal medium to further develop a relationship between Western and Eastern countries.



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