Art and Experience: Iranian animated piece ‘Release from Heaven’ by Ali Noori Oskouei has been accepted into the screening program of the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Australia.
Set in a war-torn country, ‘Release from Heaven’ is the story of a female writer and teacher who has to accompany two of her students on a life changing journey.
The 76-minute animated film is directed by Ali Noori Oskouei, written by Majid Asoodegan, and produced by Ali Noori Oskouei and Seyed Vahid Olyaee.
‘Release from Heaven’ has so far won a number of international awards including the Grand Prize for Best Animation category at SICAF film festival in South Korea, Best Feature Animation Award at the summer edition of Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Best Animation Award at the Animation Day of the 70th edition Cannes Film Festival.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) collaborates with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations to promote films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region to a global audience.
In the previous edition of the APSA, ‘Starless Dream’ by Mehrdad Oskouei won Best Documentary Feature Film award, while the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific region was presented to Iranian producer Manoochehr Mohammadi.
The festival’s grand prix for Best Film had gone to Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’ in 2011.
The 11th edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) will be held in Brisbane, Australia from November 23, 2017.