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Young Iranian Filmmaker on Indonesian Festival Jury

Young Iranian Filmmaker on Indonesian Festival JuryYoung Iranian Filmmaker on Indonesian Festival Jury

Young Iranian filmmaker Amir-Masoud Soheili will be one of the judges in the first edition of Viddsee Juree Awards in Indonesia.

The festival is a competition to celebrate the jury’s pick of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation.

Soheili, whose 2014 short film ‘Blue Eyed Boy’ participated in over 90 international festivals and grabbed 13 awards, has been selected as one of the three-member jury of the event, said a press release by the public relations office of the Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS).

Born in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Province, Soheili, 27, is a member of the Mashhad branch of IYCS. He started his career in cinema as assistant director in some professional movies. He has been working for more than seven years in the film industry and made three short films.

On his attempts to promote Iranian cinema and filmmakers, he said, “they are well-known among the international audiences, mostly through feature films. There are also a lot of short films made in the country but unfortunately, they are not presented well internationally”.

“So in the IYCS, we decided to share our own perspective of this country in order to help people have better understanding about everyday life in Iran and its culture. We believe that cinema is the best way to reach our aim. As filmmakers, we curate a very good collection of short films from different parts of Iranian culture and share them with a bigger audience,” he added.

The event is a platform for Indonesian filmmakers’ productions to be watched and judged by a panel of international jury.

Each short film shortlisted for the competition will have the opportunity to be watched by millions online and selected for film screenings around various cities in Indonesia.

Viddsee, Asia’s Mobile Cinema, is an online video publishing platform that curates Asian short films to its online audience via its web, Android and iOS applications. The Singapore-based startup aims to create a platform to help filmmakers showcase their stories to a global audience, and allow them to discover such cinematic stories online easily.

The film screening is slated for the second half of February and the closing ceremony in which the prizes will be awarded to winners is set for March 5 in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.