On Saturday the Empress of Iran attended the prize-giving ceremony at the end of the Second Tehran International Festival of Films for Children.
On Saturday the Empress of Iran attended the prize-giving ceremony at the end of the Second Tehran International Festival of Films for Children. An International jury judged the films which came from 30 countries. Although the festival has been running only two years, it has become one of the most significant in the industry. Tem jury judges each entry as if it were for an audience of children not over 14 years old and this year they stressed that too many films entered for the competition were more suitable for adult viewing.
The Grand Prix of the Golden Statue of the Festival for the best overall film went to the Polish film: Rexie the Polyglot. The jury said it treated with gaiety the problem of communication and mutual understanding.
The best film for young adults went to Hungary for the film directed by Janos Rosza and Ferenc Kardoz. The jury admired its imaginative use of slap-stick comedy.
Notes on a Triangle, a Canadian film directed by Rene Jodoin, won the Golden Statue for the best film for children.
Belgian Director Raoul Servais won the Golden Plaque for Instructional Films for Young People. His film, Chromophobia, won an award for presenting a message of love for life and beauty with originality.
The Silver Plaque in the same group went to Danish director Jannik Hastrup for his film: The General. The jury said it recreated a Hans Christian Andersen atmosphere.
On the whole the jury found that the short films presented at the festival were better than the feature films.