Art and Experience: Iranian short animated piece ‘Servant’ has won the Audience Award and an honorable mention at the 13th International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre (Fantaspoa) in Brazil.

The 13th edition of International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre (Fantaspoa) awarded Farnoosh Abedi’s highly-acclaimed animation with the Audience award as well as an honorable mention in the main competition section for short films.

According to the director, Farnoosh Abedi, ‘The Servant’ narrates the familiar story of a master and his servant, the story of a writer’s encounter with a gigantic insect: a cockroach. The cockroach becomes a servant but gradually begins to realize that it deserves better conditions, so it tries to turn the table and change the game in its own favor. The man, however, attempts to preserve the current situation but soon realizes that the game has no rules.

‘Servant’ has recently won Best Short Animation award at the 2017 Silver Scream Festival in California, US.

Created in 2005, Fantaspoa – International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre, was the pioneer festival dedicated to bringing fantastic films to Brazil. Fantaspoa is a 17-day festival, using 4 screening rooms and exhibiting over 100 films yearly. This year’s edition ran from May 19 to June 4, screening 120 films and hosting over 65 special guests.