Iranian films win big at LIFFT India Awards


TEHRAN – Iranian films were among the top winners of the Literature Illusion Film Frames Television and Theater (LIFFT) India Awards, winning fourteen awards.

The LIFFT India Awards, which have been held online for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the winners on December 25.

Yaser Ahmadi was selected as the best director for his film “Saralish” in the feature film awards category.

Cinematographer Ali Hosseinzadeh received the VK Murthy Award for his collaboration in the film.

Nazanin Karimi was named Best Actress for her role in “Zaferanieh near Sunset”, a dark drug drama directed by Mohammad Astim.

Nasim Adabi, another star of the film, also won the award for Best Supporting Actress.

The Mangesh Desai Award for Best Sound Designer went to Arash Qasemi for his collaboration in “Hot Scent” directed by Ali Ebrahimi.

The Iranian filmmakers have also won several awards in the LIFFT India Short Film Awards category.

“Holler”, also known as “Havar”, was named best children’s short film.

Directed by Musa Hajinejad, the film is about a little girl from a village near Halabja, who stands near a tree near a high valley and plays with her sling. A boy who is the girl’s playmate approaches her. The girl notices the boy’s presence. They look at each other and laugh. Then they flee one after another from the valley. They cross the alleys of the village and happily reach a house and enter its courtyard. The girl sits next to him and draws on the floor with the stick in her hand. A voice can be heard inside the house. The girl comes home and looks inside the room. Inside the house is a marriage proposal party. We don’t see anyone, but we hear voices that the father of the bride has accepted the marriage.

The award for best director went to Milad Nasib-Sobhan for his drama “She is Similar to Me”.

The film also won Sorush Emtiaz and Setareh Rezai the award for best decorator. Rezai and Emtiaz, who also worked as costume designers in this film, won the award in this category.

Mehri Ale Aqa was named best actress for her role in “In Expectation of Light”, while Kamyar Daryakenari was chosen as best actor for her role in “Nicki”.

The prize for the best child actor went to Roza Ramezaninejad for “Running”.

“Bloody Cloth” directed by Vahid Biglari won the award for best film on women’s rights in the awards section for non-fiction films.

In the category of student cinema awards, Hashem Jahromi was named best director for “Sixteenth week”.

Photo: Nazanin Karimi and Nasim Adabi were shortlisted for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their roles in “Zaferanieh near Sunset” at the LIFFT India Awards.

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