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‘Malakout’ wins two honors at Dead of Night Film Festival

Farnoush Abedi’s ‘Malakout’ wins two awards at the 2020 Dead of Night Film Festival in Liverpool.

Farnoush Abedi’s ‘Malakout’ (Divinity) has won two awards at the 2020 Dead of Night Film Festival in Liverpool.

Being held online last week in the northwestern English city, the international horror film festival  of the Dead of Night honored Abedi’s film with the best director award as well as the best score award, which was bestowed on Soroush Abedi for composing the piece.  

Abedi’s 11-minute horror animated film tells the story of a pianist who has lost one of his hands and cannot play the piano anymore. Doctors decide to transplant a dead criminal’s hand to his body. The pianist with his new hand starts killing people. 

Produced at Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center, ‘Malakout’ recently won the Best Animated award at the 18th HorrorFest International film festival in the US.

The special awards of the 6th Wolves Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF) in Lithuania as well as the 18th biennial Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan are also among the latest accolades bagged by ‘Malakout’.

The animation is also the recipient of an honorary diploma at the Silk Road Int’l Film Festival in Ireland, the best animation award at the Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival 2020 in the UK, two awards at the Florida Animation Festival of the US and best short film awards from the 2020 DaVinci Int’l Film Festival (DIFF) in the US and the 14th Cryptshow Festival in Spain.

The Dead of Night Film Festival is currently the only horror film festival in Merseyside, England.

The objective of the festival is to bring new independent horror short and feature length films to the audience.