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December 8, 2014
Award Winners of the 8th Cinema Verite

Short Film News (SFN)- The 8th edition of the Iranian international festival for documentary films, Cinéma Vérité, has released the names of award winners.

The year’s winners were honored during the closing ceremony held at Tehran’s Andisheh Hall on December 7, 2014.

Atlan, directed by Moein Karimeddini, won the best documentary award of the international section of the festival, which kicked off on November 30.

The film narrates the life story of an Iranian Turkmen horse-riding instructor in the northeastern Iranian region of Turkmen Sahra.

The award for best medium-length documentary was given to Italian filmmaker Filippo Ticozzi’s Chasing the Wind.

The festival’s best short documentary award went to White Chimney by Finnish filmmaker, Jani Peltonen.

Producers, Mohammad Ali Farsi and Fathollah Amiri, were named the Grand Prix winners of the national section of the event for their films Clouds on the Way and Life in Cold Veins.

Best medium-length documentary award of the section was presented to Mr. Unemployed directed by Ali Hamraz, and the best short documentary award went to Spoon by Jalal Veisi.

The films competed in various categories including short documentaries, medium-length documentaries and full-length ones as well as the special international competitive and non-competitive sections.

Iran’s Cinéma Vérité Festival screens a wide range of productions such as political, historic, ritualistic, religious, social, environmental, scientific, ethnological, and war documentaries.

Organized by Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), the annual festival tries to express the relationship between reality and truth.

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