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‘The Recess’ takes home new award from IPSMF fest

Iranian acclaimed short film ‘The Recess’ has claimed new award from the 5th IPSMF (International Photography and Short Movie Festival) in Indonesia.

Iranian acclaimed short film ‘The Recess’ has claimed new award from the 5th IPSMF (International Photography and Short Movie Festival) in Indonesia.

Written, produced and directed by Navid Nikkhah-Azad, ‘The Recess’ succeeded to grab the Best Short Fiction Film Award at its 61st international appearance at the 2021 Indonesian film event.

The flick recently grabbed the best short film award at 18th Progeny Short Film Festival in the US as well as the 2021 International Film Festival for Human Rights in Colombia.

‘The Recess’ is about a 17-year-old school-girl who runs away from school to watch the football match of her beloved club.  

Sahar, along with three of her friends, is planning to exit the school during the break in order to watch the match between Esteghlal FC and Al Ain FC at Azadi Sports Complex.

Mozhan Kordi, Reyhaneh Naieean, Niloufar Shokouhinia, and Ghazal Khalili are on the cast list.

‘The Recess’ is the recipient of numerous awards from previous participations, including the Best Performance Award for Kordi at the Living Skies Student Film Festival in Canada in March, and the Best Short Film Award at the Oxford Film Festival (OxFilm) in Mississippi, the US, also held in March.

The short drama received the award for best short film at the 24th Johns Hopkins Film Festival, the 12th IndieFEST Film Awards, as well as the 15th San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, all held in the US.

Recently, ‘The Recess’ appeared at the 11th Festival Nacional de Cine Estudiantil (FENACIES) in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, the 28th Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival in Turkey, the 22nd Ojai Film Festival, the 17th Utopia Film Festival, the 20th Route 66 American Short Film Festival and the 24th East Lansing Film Festival, all in the US.

Among the international screenings of the flick at Spanish film festivals include the 49th Curtas Festival de Imaxinario, the 2th Almeria International Film Festival (FICAL) and the 43rd Lugo Film Week (SICA).

On December 14, 2021, Nikkhah-Azad’s film will also go on screen at the International Social Film Festival of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain.  

Translated into ‘El Recreo’ in the Spanish language, the 12-minute short film ‘The Recess’ will soon hit the screen at the 15th Crossroads International Short Film Festival in Turkey.

Organized by the Faculty of Communication and Business, Telkom University, Bandung, the 5th edition of the IPSMF came to an end on November 27 in a virtual closing ceremony.