In the Main Competition section of the festival, Hamid Bababeygi won the Best Screenplay award for the film ‘African Violet’ by Mona Zandi Haqiqi. The screenplay award at the New Discovery section went to the film ‘Diapason’ directed by Hamed Tehrani and written by Hossein Tehrani, IRNA reported.

In the Special section, ‘Old Men Never Die’ by Reza Jamali also received an award.

The festival was supposed to wrap up in November. However, due to coronavirus outbreak the closing ceremony was held on December 8 in an online format.  

According to the festival’s official website, the new edition of AFFBCN had an extensive program of cinema, meetings, conferences and seminars, with the intention of contributing to the knowledge of cinematography, which was not usually present in the commercial circuits.

As with the preceding editions, the festival included around 100 feature films proceeding from a vast territory extending from Central Asia to Southeast Asia, and from there to the Asia-Pacific region.

It explored productions of more than 25 participants from Iran and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, from Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.

Source: Iran Daily