In the event, 'The Signs', by Yasser Talebi, received the top award while the Best Animation Award went to 'The Little Boy' by Mona Shahi.
Al-Nahj International Film Festival is an NGO and a film festival which specializes in short films (narratives, documentaries and animation). It is organized by the Karbala satellite channels group in Iraq, established in 2014, and its first term was launched on March 25, 2015.
The festival uses cinema to spread a humanitarian message and its mission is to create an environment where people live happily with mutual respect and love.
The 2017 edition of the festival was organized from April 1-5.
Meanwhile, Iranian religious biopic 'Hussein Who Said No' was screened as a special guest on April 5 and was warmly received.
Ahmad Reza Darvish's flick is a historical religious film on Imam Hussein (PBUH) which has been dubbed in a number of languages including English and Arabic.
3D Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) technique has been used to create some scenes of the film.
The cast includes seven Arab actors including Jamal Suliman from Syria, Dawood Hussain from Kuwait, Javad al-Shekarchi from Iraq as well as Foad Ebrahim from Lebanon.
Oscar-winning composer Stephen Varbk produced the music for the film which was recorded in Moliner Music Studio in London.
'Hussein Who Said No' is a narrative on Imam Hussein's (PBUH) uprising leading to an unfair battle that had influential impacts on Islamic history. Imam Hussein (PBUH) and 72 of his loyal companions, including his family, were martyred on Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram, in the battle of Karbala against the second Umayyad caliph, Yazid I, in 680 AD.