Congratulations to Iranian director Ali Noori Oskouei, producer Seyed Vahid Olyaee and writer Majid Asoudegan for winning the Best Long Animation Award at the 1st Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF) for their film for ‘Release from Heaven’.
About ‘Release From Heaven’:
In a war torn country, a female teacher and comic writer lives with her students in a boarding school. To calm horrified children who have no hope in our terrifying world, she keeps telling them a story every night. Stories about her childhood imaginary hero who has become a part of her life. But one night the school is attacked and destroyed so she has to accompany two of her students to find their parents. They start a journey during which she finds some signs of her imaginary hero in real world. Up until that time she thought that man who had become her hero was just a part of her stories but now with these signs, she knows that he’s real. She is determined to find him but she has big problem, she knows nothing about him.
In addition to this award, ‘Release From Heaven’ was the recipient of the 2017 Animation That Matters Award at the Animation Day In Cannes (Cannes, France), Best Feature Animation Award at the summer edition of Hong Kong International Film Festival (2017) and Best Animated Feature Film at the 2017 summer edition of the Lisbon Film Festival.
The PSIAF, located in sunny Palm Springs, California, was held from November 9th – November 11th, 2017, and included more than 250 short and 6 feature-length animated films from over 103 countries.