Shanghai filmfest awards ‘13’ by Iran’s Houman Seyyedi

A scene from ‘13’ by Iranian filmmaker Houman Seyyedi

Seyyedi’s drama received the Best Cinematography and Best Film awards of the prestigious event’s Asian New Talent category.

The 2015 edition of Shangahi International Film Festival has awarded 13 by Iranian filmmaker Houman Seyyedi.

Seyyedi’s drama received the Best Cinematography and Best Film awards of the prestigious event’s Asian New Talent category, which aims to introduce Asian youths in the film industry, and facilitating the production of Asian films.

The movie, which chronicles the story of a young reticent boy and the problems he faces after his parents’ divorce, competed with films from China, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Japan and Taiwan.

Seyyedi’s movie has participated in several international film festivals and won the New Current Award at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival and the Netpac Award for Best Asian Film at the 2014 Warsaw International Film Festival.

The international jury of the 2015 Shanghai International Film Festival was comprised of Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, Chinese director Cai Shangjun, Chinese actress Hao Lei, Korean screenwriter Hee Jai Kim, French filmmaker Philippe Muyl, Chinese producer Shi Nansun and US producer Ron Yerxa.

Founded in 1993, Shanghai International Film Festival is the only Chinese competitive film festival approved by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

The week-long festival aims to build an international platform and promote cooperation between Chinese and foreign film industries.

The 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival kicked off on June 13.

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Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.

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