Iranian filmmaker awarded at Intl. Munich Filmfest.

TEHRAN, Nov. 25 (MNA) – For the very first time, an Iranian animation was awarded the Climate Award at the International Festival of Munich Film Schools.

Amin Rahbar’s animation Scale scooped the prestigious Climate Award at the 2014 International Festival of Munich Film Schools, running from November 16-22 in Germany.

It is worth mentioning that Lars von Trier, the world famous Danish film director and screenwriter, had his very first award at this festival.

“Some 42 films from 22 countries took part in this festival, and my production with an environmental theme was selected among the top three and ultimately managed to win the best film award,” said Amin Rahbar to Mehr News.

Scale is 2-minute long and produced with cutout animation technique. In this technique, flat characters and backgrounds are cut from materials such as paper, or if on a computer, with scanned images,” explained Rahbar.

Scale has been previously featured and awarded in other international festivals including Hamburg Festival in Germany, con i minuti contati Festival in Italy, and SHNIT Festival in Switzerland. It has also won the Best Film Award at Iran’s Short Film Festival for Children.

The jury of this festival described Rahbar’s Scale as an ‘enchanting animated film’ showing us the ‘dramatic changes industrialization has wrought upon our planet.’

The jury congratulates Amin Rahbar on the successful artistic and technical realization of his film, and said, “in just one and a half minutes, the clip illustrates how drastically our environment has changed, the severe damage that has been done to it and the current consequences such as climate change.”

The International Festival of Film Schools established in 1981 is now one of the most important festivals for young filmmakers in the world. About 60 films are presented at the festival annually, and each year approximately 100 foreign students and professors have the opportunity to meet, enter into discussions and share their experiences with each other.

The Munich International Festival of Film Schools is held annually by the Internationale Münchner  Filmwochen GmbH from November 16 – 22.

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