0750 GMT July 18, 2019
Mercy and Justice International Short Film Festival awarded 20 short films with prizes ranging from 30,000 TL for the winner; 20,000 TL for the runner-up and 15,000 TL for the third prize. Honorable Mention of films ranking fourth to 20th were awarded 2,000 TL each, IRNA reported.
Produced by the Ardabil office of Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS), 'Bridge' bagged a cash prize of 2,000 TL for an Honorable Mention at the festival held in Istanbul.
Istanbul's Cekmekoy Municipality launched the Mercy and Justice-themed international short film contest in May to introduce different aspects of the exemplary life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to help people understand him better.
Renowned Iranian director Majid Majidi served as president of the panel of jury of the festival which was organized by the Turkish presidency.