0522 GMT March 18, 2019
The animation was invited by Eddy Garcia-Grant, the director of the 12th Asia- Pacific Screen Awards, to compete with 20 other titles in the event, Mehr News Agency reported.
'The Last Fiction', a debut by Rahgozar, was produced by Ehsan Rasulof at Hoorakhsh Studios and is an animated interpretation of a popular Persian folklore.
It was lauded by Screen International as Iran's first entirely locally made animated feature, made with all Iranian artists, as well as the first fully Iranian feature to premiere at Annecy (June 12-15), the world's top animation film festival in France.
'The Last Fiction' is an open interpretation of the story of 'Zahhak', a page from one of the central tales of 'Shahnameh' (the 'Book of Kings) written by acclaimed Persian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010.
The 2D animated film has been in production for eight years.
The voice cast includes top Iranian actors such as Leila Hatami (A Separation), Parviz Parastui (Today) and Ashkan Khatibi (So Close, So Far).
The 12th Asia-Pacific Screen Awards will be held on November 29, 2018.