Tehran quick movie fest opens, with shot at Oscars for first time

Tehran quick movie fest opens, with shot at Oscars for first time

Tehran‘s Worldwide Quick Movie Competition opened this week, for the primary time as an Oscar-qualifying occasion, giving successful entries a shot at an Academy Award.

The pageant jury has members from the Islamic republic in addition to Italy, Japan, France and Austria.

The pageant, now in its 38th version and working till Sunday, earned qualification this 12 months as a gateway to Hollywood’s annual awards showcase.

The occasion “was added as a qualifying pageant within the Quick Movies classes this 12 months,” the the US Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences confirmed. “And it’s the solely present qualifying pageant in Iran.”

The designation got here regardless of excessive tensions between Washington and Tehran, which have had no diplomatic relations since 1979, earlier than the pageant started. 

This 12 months’s showcase additionally coincides with efforts to renew negotiations on reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear cope with the USA and different world powers, with the objective of ending a punishing sanctions regime.

“I’m each completely satisfied and happy with the qualification of our pageant,” the occasion’s president Sadegh Moussavi advised AFP. 

“It is a massive success of cultural diplomacy,” he mentioned with a smile. “We expect that tradition and artwork can have a standing extra prestigious than politics.”

Tehran‘s pageant has been a springboard for the large names of Iranian cinema, together with Asghar Farhadi, a two-time Oscar winner, Bahman Ghobadi and Reza Mirkarimi, mentioned pageant spokesman Mansour Jahani.

Censorship accusation 

Moussavi mentioned Tehran‘s software to the Academy was initially rejected as a result of its entrants should not required to pay charges.

“We replied that our nation was below sanctions and due to this fact it’s inconceivable for individuals who need to current their movies to pay registration charges,” he mentioned.

Tehran is the one quick movie pageant with out such charges amongst about 130 on the earth that are Oscar eligible, Moussavi mentioned.

Following recognition by the Academy, this 12 months’s pageant competitors acquired greater than 6,400 entries from 128 international locations — 2,000 greater than final 12 months.

5 Iranian movies and 58 from overseas have been chosen for the grand prize and the winner can be introduced to the Academy for attainable Oscar nomination.

The choices upset some younger Iranian administrators whose movies weren’t accepted, and led to accusations of censorship, together with from film-maker Farnoush Samadi.

“It’s my obligation to jot down to the Academy to protest this censorship, injustice and non-professional actions of the Tehran Competition,” Samadi mentioned on Instagram.

On the identical social media platform Ali Asgari, a director, mentioned that as a member of the Academy he “won’t vote for a movie pre-selected by the Tehran Quick Movie Competition in an effort to help all of the film-makers whose movies have been rejected.”

Moussavi denied the accusations, saying that “there was no censorship on our half. We acquired 1,500 movies from Iranian film-makers. Now we have to choose utilizing as standards the themes and high quality of the movie.”

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