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Tripoli Film Festival award goes to Iran’s ‘Am I a Wolf?’

Iranian animation ‘Am I a Wolf?’ wins award at the 6th Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon.

Iranian short animation ‘Am I a Wolf?’ has won an award at the 6th edition of the Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon.

Directed by Amir-Houshang Moeen, the Iranian animation received the award for best animated film during the closing ceremony of the festival.

Based on the fantasy book by Afsaneh Shabannejad, the animated film is a recreation of the classic fable of ‘The Wolf and the Lamb’,

In ‘Am I a Wolf?’, a number of students are performing a theater called ‘The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats’. Everybody has a role.

They are totally getting carried away by their roles in a way that the border between reality and theatrical performance is now hardly realized.

Meanwhile, the child acting as the wolf in the story is scripted to be defeated. That makes him feel lonely and annoyed.

As he takes his role too seriously, a bit of chaos startles the group. In the end, the presence of other children and his friends next to him take him out of this atmosphere.

The 8-minute animation has taken home numerous awards at the 11th Tehran International Animation Festival and the New Face Award at the 22nd Media Arts Festival in Japan.

The animation has gone on screen at the 2019 International Children’s Film Festival in Bangladesh, the 29th annual World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb – Animafest Zagreb – in Croatia, the 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, and the 2019 Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Founded in 2014, the Tripoli Film Festival is a serious attempt to broaden the network of film-making and networking in Lebanon among young filmmakers. It is an open door to discuss film productions in Lebanon and the Middle East.

The 2019 edition of the festival was held on June 9–19 in Lebanon.