FIFF to Honor Artist Ali Akbar Sadeghi

FIFF to Honor Artist Ali Akbar Sadeghi

Iranian filmmaker, painter, animator and graphist Ali Akbar Sadeghi will be honoured at this year’s Fajr International Film Festival.

Charsou Cineplex will host the ceremony on Monday, April 22. Festival officials, filmmakers and artists will attend the ceremony which has been organized in conjunction with the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.

The fest will also pay homage to Sadeghi by screening a selection of his work, including Seven Cities (1971), Rook (1971), Flower Storm (1972), Boasting (1973), The Sun King (1975), and Zal & Simorgh (1977). These Six short animations will screen in the Classics Preserved section of this year’s Fajr.

Ali Akbar Sadeghi (Born in 1937) is a climax figure in the context of Iranian modern and contemporary art. He has practiced in many artistic fields and has influenced many genres and artists.

A graduate of Fine Arts Department of Tehran University, in 1970 he was assigned by the Institute amongst the first group of artists who founded the film and animation department. Sadeghi has participated in over fifty solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His works have been featured in over eight volumes of monographs and and part of renowned museums around the world including British Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

He has been sitting on the jury panels of over ten international biennials and has won numerous international awards for his outstanding animations and designs. In 2009, Sadeghi was recognized by the Ministry of Culture as an outstanding figure due to his lifetime contributions to Iranian art and culture.

Sadeghi has won numerous awards including: Gold Medal from Tehran 7th International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults, 1972, Honorable Mention from Tampere International Short Film Festival in Finland,1973, The Soviet Painters Association Award 1974, The Grand Prix of Lebanon Educational Films Festival 1974, Bronze Medal from Columbus Film Festival, 1975, Bronze Medal from Columbus Film Festival, 1975, Honorable Mention from International Animation Film Festival in New York, 1975, C.I.D.A.L.C; Gandhi Peace Prize at 24th International, Bronze Medal from C.I.D.A.L.C. Annual International Committee held in Paris,1974, Honorary Diploma for the best short film from Tehran 9th International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults,1974, Honorary Diploma from Krakow 12th International Film Festival , 1974, Bronze Medal from Krakow 12th International Film Festival,1974, Gold Medal from the Virgin Islands International Film Festival,1975, Silver Medal from Chicago 11th International Film Festival,1975, Honorary Diploma from the Festival International de Court Metrage pour la Jeunesse, Paris, 1977, The Grand Prix from the Noma Concours for Children’s Picture . 83 Book Illustrations, 1978, The Grand Prix from the Best Designed Books from All Over the World, and The Grand Prix from the First Biennial of Iran Graphic Design Exhibition for book illustration, 1985.

Presided over by award-winning writer and director Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, the 37th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held in Tehran on April 18-26. For further information, please visit our website at www.fajriff.com, or send us an email at info@fajriff.com. We ask you to carefully read the Festival’s general guidelines for submission and participation.


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