The first edition of the New Horizon International Independent Film Festival held in the Iranian capital city of Tehran has released the names of winners. In the feature-length category the grand prix went to The Days of Life by Parviz Sheikh-Tadi and in the documentary section the Swedish director Mohammed El Gabri grabbed the first prize for his movie Fourhorsemen.
The festival was held in two sections, conference and cinematic competitions, presenting the productions inspired by recent Islamic and European movements against social and political injustice.The event was programmed to screen short and feature-length story and documentary productions. Organized by Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) and Iran Cinema Organization, the festival presented social and political documentaries on the theme of ‘Towards Justice.’ Some 123 films including 51 long documentaries, 30 short documentaries, 18 feature-length movies and 21 short films were selected for screening program at the festival. Out of productions received from across the world, the US, the UK and Spain submitted the highest number of films to the festival. The Iranian and international participants were required to present their works on different subjects, including the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Islamic Awakening movement. Europe and US financial crisis, the role of Zionist lobbies in the European and US crises, introducing international anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist figures, Islamic resistance against the Zionist regime, war threats against Iran and anti-war movements, the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Iranophobia and Islamophobia, world without Zionism, world without terrorism, and atomic weapons were other subjects of the festival. The jury of the festival was composed of Darnell Stephen Summers and Scott Frank from the United States, one Tunisian and one British judge along with Iranian cineastes Ebrahim Hatamikia, Nader Talebzadeh, Gholamreza Montazemi, Jamal Shourjeh, Reza Mirkarimi and Mehdi Homayounfar. Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center is the main forum for the production, distribution and promotion of fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films in the Middle East as it produces about 25 feature-length and 300 short films every year. International New Horizon Independent Film Festival is to create a platform where independent filmmakers and scholars from around the world can gather and feature their films. The event also aims to provide academic grounds for profound debates on various aspects of world cinema and to encourage confrontations with the realities of the society. The first edition of the New Horizon International Independent Film Festival was held from September 2 to 7, 2012. FGP/SS