News ID: 189308
Published: 0752 GMT March 13, 2017

Abyar wins best director award at Vancouver women filmfest

Abyar wins best director award at Vancouver women filmfest

Iranian filmmaker Narges Abyar won the Best Director Award for 'Breath' at the 12th Vancouver International Women In Film Festival (VIWIFF) in Canada.

The best of the festival awards were presented at the closing night award ceremony on Sunday.

Abyar could not attend the film's screening session in person on March 8 though she managed to speak to the audience via live conferencing.

'Breath' narrates the story of an Iranian family living in central city of Yazd during 1978-1983. Bahar, Nader, Kamal and Maryam are living with their father, Ghafour (Mehran Ahmadi) and grandmother (Pantea Panahiha). They spend their time in a childish world, filled with dreams and fantasies, which are about to become true.

Co-produced by Shining Light Institute, Mohammad Hossein Qassemi and Abouzar Pourmohammadi, 'Breath' won two trophies at the Fajr Film Festival: Crystal Simorgh for Best National Film in the 34th edition and Crystal Simorgh for Best Supporting Actress.

The VIWIFF, which opened on International Women's Day (March 8), featured films from Iran, Australia, Belgium, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Moldova, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Tunisia and the United States. They joined Canadian content from British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario and Quebec.

The event was organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, which is part of an international network meant "to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community".

According to the non-profit group, women make up just four percent of directors of feature films, as well as 11 percent of screen writers.

"Each film screened includes women in at least three of the key creative roles, be it writer, director, producer, cinematographer, lead performer, editor or composer," the festival website stated, reported.

The festival screened 46 feature and short films were screened from March 8 to March 12, 2017.

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