Cinema Vérité in Iran – Winners

We have written about the Cinema Vérité documentary film festival, held in Tehran from November 7-12 under the slogan “Reality for All” – see below. The winners of the festival have been announced like this:

Iran’s 4th Cinema Verite International Documentary Film Festival has announced winners during a ceremony held in the capital city of Tehran. Iranian filmmaker Siavash Sarmadi won the event’s Best Film Award for his political documentary Searching for Reality. The festival’s Best Film Award in the international section went to French director Nicolas Philibert’s Nenette. Veteran filmmakers Morteza Sha’bani and Khosrow Sinai were also honored with lifetime achievement awards during the event’s closing ceremony.

Other national section award winners of this year’s festival were as follows: Best Short Film: Live Desert, Hossein Safi. Best Mid-length Film: Ariobarzanes, Khosrow Heidari. Best Cinematographer: Hossein Safi for Snails. Best Editor: Bahareh Khorrami and Roya Majdnia for Dim Room, Twilit Window. Best Narrator: Shahram Derakhshan for The People Who Have Everything,Best Sound Effects: Akbar Ebrahimi for Live Desert

The festival screened films from Turkey, Sweden, Canada, the US, Argentina, France, Germany, China and Brazil among many others.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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