Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:34AM
The 31st edition of Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival has announced award nominees of Iranian Cinema section (Looking for Simorgh) in various categories. Maziar Miri’s latest production Painting pool has been nominated for Audience Award for Best Film. Ali Ghaffari’s feature-length movie Refund has been nominated for 14 categories while Parviz Shahbazi’s Darband and Behrouz Shoeibi’s The Corridor were selected as nominees for 10 categories. Sinners directed by Faramarz Qaribian, Berlin-7 by Ramtin Lavafi and Rule of Accident by Behnam Behzadi were also named as the nominees of the section. Rule of Accident was also awarded the Crystal Simorgh for the best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival. Some 110 films selected from 383 movies submitted by the filmmakers from 71 countries took part in the international section of the event. The five foreign jurors from Japan, Uruguay, India, Tunisia and Bangladesh were among the International section’s jury members. The First Grader by Justin Chadwick from the UK, the joint production of Germany and France Calm at Sea directed by Volker Schlondorff and Burned by the Sun directed by Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov were among the screened movies of the section. This year’s festival held a Non-Aligned Movement meeting on filmmaking and cinema. The 2013 Fajr Film festival also hosted representatives of 75 companies including film distributors and buyers from Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Germany, Australia, Canada, Qatar, Turkey, and several other countries at this year’s Fajr film market. Over 35 Iranian companies such as the Farabi Cinematic Foundation, the Art Bureau, Filmiran and Hedayat Film presented their productions at the market. Supervised by Iran’s Ministry of Culture, the annual festival is comprised of two competitive sections as well as two non-competitive categories. The 31st Fajr International Film Festival is slated to wrap up today, February 10, 2013. FGP/FGP