Written and directed by Navid Nikkhah-Azad, ‘The Recess’ grabbed the FICTS’ jury award for best film in ‘Sport and Society’ competition section of the 6th Beausoleil Côte d’Azur International FICTS Festival in France.
‘The Recess’ has marked its 94th official selection and 18th international award at the Beausoleil Côte d’Azur FICTS fest which is approved by the International Federation of Sports Films, known as "FICTS".
Following the honor, ‘The Recess’ has been introduced to the final stage of the World FICTS Challenge.
Translated into ‘El Recreo’ in the Spanish language, the 12-minute ‘The Recess’ is co-produced by Nikkhah-Azad and Delia Guerra Para.
The flick is about a 17-year-old school-girl who runs away from school to watch the football match of her beloved club.
Sahar, along with three of her friends, is planning to exit the school during the break in order to watch the match between Esteghlal FC and Al Ain FC at Azadi Sports Complex.
Mozhan Kordi, Reyhaneh Naieean, Niloufar Shokouhinia, and Ghazal Khalili are on the cast list.
‘The Recess’ has competed in 92 international film festivals and has grabbed 17 awards, some of which include the best short fiction film award from the 5th IPSMF (Int’l Photography and Short Movie Festival) in Indonesia, the best short film award at the 23rd C.M.U. Santa María de Europa in Spain, the best short film awards at the 2021 Int’l Film Festival for Human Rights in Colombia, the 18th Progeny Short Film Festival, the 24th Johns Hopkins Film Festival, the 12th IndieFEST Film Awards as well as the 15th San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, all held in the US.
Recently, ‘The Recess’ appeared at the 11th Festival Nacional de Cine Estudiantil (FENACIES) in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, the 28th Adana Golden Boll Int’l Film Festival in Turkey, the 22nd Ojai Film Festival, the 17th Utopia Film Festival, the 20th Route 66 American Short Film Festival, the 15th Crossroads Int’l Short Film Festival in Turkey, the Int’l Social Film Festival of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, the 15th Media Arts Council festival (MAC), the 14th Fastnet Film Festival in Ireland and the 24th East Lansing Film Festival, all in the US.
Among the international screenings of the flick at Spanish film festivals include the 49th Curtas Festival de Imaxinario, the 2th Almeria Int’l Film Festival (FICAL) and the 43rd Lugo Film Week (SICA).
Founded in 1983, the FICTS (Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for which it promotes the values of sport through film and television.
The 6th edition of the Beausoleil Côte d’Azur International FICTS Festival “wrapped-up in the presence of the FICTS President, Prof. Franco Ascani, on May 12 in a closing ceremony at the Prince Jacques Cultural Center of Monaco in Beausoleil, France,” writes the event’s official website.