Berlinale Spotlight in Tehran Short Film Festival

Short Film News (SFN)- For the first time, the Spotlight section of the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany presents four short films during the 36 edition of the Tehran International Short Film Festival.

The Berlin International Film Festival has been hosting a special screening of the Spotlight Section, for several years, and the program will start on November this year aimed at screening short films in Iran and South Asia.

The Spotlight Section is slated to be introduced by one of the selecting board committee of Berlin International Film Festival, Simone Spani.

Spani is set to talk about the selection process and format of short films and answer the questions of the audience.

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck, director of the competitive section of the Berlin International Film Festival said, “Short films have always had an important place in Berlinale, captivating audiences with their content and structural complexities. They have transcend boundaries defined for cinematic genres and predetermined patterns of thought.”

Henckel-Donnersmarck added the Berlinale Spotlight program in Iran and South Asia invites audiences to discover artistic diversity and innovation in the Berlin Short Film Festival.
Tehran International Short Film Festival will feature four short films, all of which have already been screened at the Berlin Film Festival including “Planet Sigma” directed by Momoko Seto (France, 2014), “Wishing Well” directed by Sylvia Schedelbauer (Germany, 2018), “Prendre Feu” directed by Michel Soyez (France, 2019) and “Tigre de Tasmanie”, directed by Vergine Keaton (France, 2018).

Spani, was born in Zurich and raised in central Switzerland. She studied filmmaking, linguistics, German literature and art history at the University of Zurich. She is a member of the Berlin Short Film Selection Committee and has been planning the Winterthur Short Film Festival and other prestigious festivals for some time. Apart from planning as a festival consultant, she works mainly in Switzerland (Zurich and Vogue), Berlin Vecchial (Rwanda). It has also recently launched its own independent film company, “Zodiac Productions” in Zurich, an incubator for South African screenwriters. She has a strong focus on a variety of national and international film scenes.

Category Placements For The Oscar Season Are Coming Into Focus


Yesterday, some category news relating to the impending Academy Award race got announced. This comes on the heels of some studios opting to state where some of their contenders will be competing. Obviously, Netflix and The Trial of the Chicago 7 were one of the big question marks (which got resolved, having everyone go Supporting), while Amazon Studios had a big decision to make regarding One Night in Miami… and its four actors. They opted to split up Kingsley Ben-Adir and Eli Goree into Best Actor, while having Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. go into the Best Supporting Actor race. Read on for more…

First, Netflix opted recently for the entire cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 to compete in Best Supporting Actor. Here’s a piece of The Hollywood Reporter‘s story at the time:

Taking a page out of the playbook that brought the ensemble film Spotlight two supporting acting nominations en route to a best picture Oscar win, the entire cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 — among them Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance and Jeremy Strong — will be pushed for awards in the supporting actor category, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from sources close to the film.

Next, we had last night’s fairly big news that Amazon Studios and One Night in Miami… were taking a different approach. THR had this to say:

The four actors at the center of Regina King’s acclaimed feature directorial debut One Night in Miami — Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. — are hoping to divide and conquer this awards season.

Amazon has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Ben-Adir, who plays activist Malcolm X, and Goree, who plays boxer Muhammad Ali, will be promoted as leading actors, while Odom, who plays singer Sam Cooke, and Hodge, who plays football star Jim Brown, will be campaigned as supporting actors.


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