Slemani festival began on October 10 and continued until October 16 in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Noted Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi received the festival's Best Director award for his film 'Beyond the Clouds'. The film's music was composed by two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman and lensed by Anil Mehta.
The flick juxtaposes the story of a brother and sister who grew up in the slums of Mumbai. When Tara (Mohanan) is arrested on charges of attempted murder, her bond with her brother Amir (Khatter) is put to test.
Navid Mohammadzadeh got the top acting nods for his role in 'No Date, No Signature' by Vahid Jalilvand while Shuna Iijima received the title for her role in 'Bad Poetry Tokyo'.
Jalilvand's drama narrates the story of a forensic pathologist Dr. Kaveh Nariman (played by Amir Aghaei), a principled and virtuous man, who gets involved in an accident and faces a dilemma of whether he is responsible for the death of a child or if the cause of death is unrelated to his doing.
Globetrotting 'No Date, No Signature' has been selected as Iran's submission for a foreign-language Academy Award in 2019.
'3 Faces' by Jafar Panahi won the Best Film award at the festival. The film stars actress Behnaz Jafari as herself, who becomes distraught when she comes across a young girl's video plea for help after her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Panahi to help with the young girl's troubles.
The festival's fourth award for Iranian titles went to Morteza Shams for his short film 'Blister'.
IRNA, Slemanifest.com and rudaw.net contributed to this story.