The short drama has been honored with the best award in the General Category competition section of the 23rd edition, which wrapped-up on April 25 at the Santa María de Europa Residence Hall in Madrid, Spain.

The Iranian movie claimed the honor in competition with nine other short films from Spain and France.

The University Short Film Contest ‘C.M.U. Santa María De Europa’ is an initiative that aims to support the production of short films by university students and encourage their professional development.

‘The Recess’ (‘El Recreo’) has competed in 92 international film festivals and has grabbed 17 awards.

The movie follows Sahar, a 17-year-old student who is determined to skip high school during recess to go to the football stadium to watch a football match between Esteghlal F.C. vs. Al-Ain as part of the AFC Champions League in violation of the national ban on women entering football stadiums in Iran.

“The Recess" is produced by Navid Nikkhah Azad and co-produced by Delia Guerra Para and is an Iran-Spain production.