Silk Road Film Festival, Dublin Ireland 

The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF) held screenings for 7 days across the city of Dublin from 19th to 25th March 2014. The Silk Road Film Festival welcomed films from countries, which were once part of this historical network of ancient trade routes and focused in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian and Middle Eastern cinema from Professional filmmakers to Student filmmakers. Apart from film screenings, the SRFF featured exhibitions, chats with industry guests, and seminars. The Festival events, like the postal stops along the ancient routes, ensured the smooth and speedy passage through these countries and guarantee a multifaceted and comprehensive journey through the cinema, art and culture of the region.
Though these regions have had a historically consistent and evolved film culture, much of their cinema is relatively under-represented outside the region. Therefore, the primary reason behind the creation of the SRFF is the establishment of a dedicated intellectual platform to introduce and study the cinema of these countries and languages, its diverse concerns, its varied aesthetic approaches and its authors, as well as to facilitate international contacts between filmmakers, thus raising international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration.
While the experiences depicted in the films from these regions all vary and are a direct result of each country’s traditional culture, societal norms and family systems, it does not mean these stories cannot resonate with people elsewhere. Rather, their power lies in how relatable such stories are. They are about love, hope, and grief; they are about obstacles and overcoming them, about conflicts and resolutions. In the words of the internationally acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, “A movie is about human beings, about humanity.”
The SRFF 2014 has brought an eclectic range of films to the Irish audience. The Festival Founders/Directors of SRFF Carla Mooney, Delwyn Mooney and Steinar Oli Jonsson aim to assist filmmakers to diversify and learn about the cinema from these regions and help them network and promote their work internationally.
The 2014 edition of SRFF showcased a rich diversity of features, documentaries, animations, short films and student films.  Silk Road Film Festival received submissions from 29 countries.  Special guests attended from Notre Dame University International Film Festival-Sam Lahoud & Nicolas Khabbaz, Iranian Director Khashayar Mahmoodabadi, Sponsor Amir Hossein Haghighi of Haghighi Persian Carpets and Mahoud Kalari-Master Iranian Cinematographer (A Separation, The Past, Fish & Cat) who attended to participate as members of Jury. Mahoud Kalari received the Silk Road Film Festival 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Master of Cinematography. Mahoud Kalari was presented with the SRFF Award by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn, during the Opening Ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, Dublin. The Silk Road Film Festival Award is made of bog oak, called ‘Inspire’ and designed by Celtic Roots Studios.
Mahmoud Kalari held a four hour intimate Masterclass during the festival where he presented a Scene by Scene breakdown of award winning films-A Separation (Jodái-e  Náder az Simin) and Fish & Cat (Mahi Va Gorbeh). The Masterclass was Chaired by Award Winning Irish Director and Cinematographer Michael Lavelle (His & Hers, Patrick’s Day) in association with Screen Training Ireland. It was essential learning for Directors, Producers, Cinematographers, Camera department and Film Students.

AWARDS OF SILK ROAD FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Irish Student Awards

Gives student filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work internationally through Film Festivals Cinergy, a union of Film Festivals from around the world created to promote talents in filmmaking. It was founded at the Notre Dame University International Film Festival, Lebanon in November 2013, when SRFF directors attended the NDU International Film Festival as Special Guests.

Jury for this category was headed by Iranian Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Academy Award Winner: A Separation), Iranian Director Khashayar Mahmoodabadi (The Secret of Permanency/Raz-e Mandegari), Lebanese Filmmakers & Directors of Notre Dame University International Film Festival-Sam Lahoud & Nicolas Khabbaz and Irish Screenwriter Frank Allen.

The Silk Road Film Festival 2014 Irish Student Awards were Sponsored by Production Minds and the Sports & Cultural Council for the City of Dublin in association with
St. Kevin’s College, Dublin:

  • Winner of Best Student Animation
    Complicit, Gavin Hoffman & Eoin Coakley, Irish School of Animation
    INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
  • Winner of Documentary/Films
    Mama’s Boy, Sarah Lafferty, Ballyfermot College
    INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
  • Runner Up
    Virtual Insanity, Susan Gleeson, St. Kevin’s College
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
  • Runner Up
    Men of the Bull, Patrick Bissett, St. Kevin’s College
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
    Production Minds

AWARDS OF SILK ROAD FILM FESTIVAL 2014

SILK ROAD AWARDS

Jury was headed by Iranian Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Academy Award Winner: A Separation) & Iranian Director Khashayar Mahmoodabadi (The Secret of Permanency/Raz-e Mandegari)

  • Best Actor:
    Masahiro Yoshino, Ningen (Japan & Turkey)
  • Best Actress
    Ezgi Asaroglu, A Fall From Heaven (Turkey)
  • Best Cinematography
    Shinichi Tsunoda, Ningen (Japan & Turkey)
  • Best Director
    Cagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti, Noor (Pakistan & Turkey)
  • Best Documentary
    Luc Schaedler, Watermarks: Three Letters From China (China)
  • Best Animation
    Babak Nazari, Sugarland (Iran)
  • Best Short Animation:
    Elham Mortazavi & Amir Hosein Salehi, The Adventures of Mirzabalad (Iran)
  • Artistic Originality which Creates Cultural Diversity:
    Çagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti, Noor (Pakistan & Turkey)

SPONSORED SILK ROAD AWARDS

  • Silk Road Best International Short 1st
    Ekmek, Koray Sevindi,  (Turkey)
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 3 PROJECTS, 12 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 3,200
  • Silk Road Best International Short 2nd
    The TheftMohammad Farahani, (Iran)
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 2 PROJECTS, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 1,100
  • Silk Road Best International Short 3rd
    Maadaraaneh Motherly, Navid Nikkhah Azad, (Iran)
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
    Production Minds

Student Shorts

  • Best International Student Short 1st
    Et Je Vole, Manon Nammour, (Lebanon)
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
  • Best Student Film International 2nd
    Liberté Emprisonné, Sara Mikayil, (Morocco)
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
  • Best Student Film International 3rd
    Amel, More Raca, (Albania)
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-INDIE PACKAGE (10 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS VALUE: EURO 540
    Production Minds

Feature Film

  • Best Silk Road Feature Film 1st
    Waynon/Void (Lebanon)
    Maria Abdel Karim, Naji Bechara, Jad Beyrouthy, Salim Habr, Christelle Ighniades, Tarek Korkomaz, Zeina Makki
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-PRO PACKAGE (20 USERS) INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 3 PROJECTS, 12 MONTHS, VALUE: EURO 6,000
  • Best Silk Road Feature Film 2nd
    Noor (Pakistan & Turkey)
    Çagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS-PRO PACKAGE (20 USERS), INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 2 PROJECTS, 6 MONTHS, VALUE: EURO 2,000
  • Best Silk Road Feature Film 3RD
    Ningen
    (Japan)
    Çagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti
    AWARD SPONSORED BY PRODUCTION MINDS- PRO PACKAGE (20 USERS), INCLUDING ALL EXTRA FEATURES, 1 PROJECT, 6 MONTHS, VALUE: EURO 1,000
    Production Minds

The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF) welcomes films from countries, which were once part of the Silk Road historical network of ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian and Middle Eastern cinema.

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