‘The Sprayer’, directed by Farnoush Abedi, received the best short animation nom at the 2022 edition of the German screening event.
Iran-based Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) is the producer of ‘The Sprayer’ with a theme of man’s hostile attitude towards the Earth.
The story of the movie is set in an unknown land, where a group of soldiers is on a mission to destroy all types of growing plants.
One of the soldiers realizes that the plants are not only safe but also useful. Therefore, despite his mission, he tries to preserve one of the plants.
“Due to recent changes in the environment, the hostility of human beings with the Earth, global warming, the gradual erosion of the Earth, and a desperate struggle to save the future, it seems the greatest threat in the course of history is happening for man,” Abedi said in his interview with local media.
“The animation is a symbolic look at this great threat, which can turn into a global issue,” he added.
The 9-minute animation is made with the 3D technique for children aged 7 and up.
Previously, Abedi’s animation went on screen at the WILD sound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival in Canada, the Prague Int’l Film Awards in the Czech Republic, the Wasteland Film Festival in the US, the Viborg Animation Festival in Denmark, the Torino Underground Cinefest in Italy, the DC Shorts Film Festival in the US, the Show Me Shorts Film Festival in the Netherlands, the 6th Chaniartoon Int’l Comic & Animation Festival in Greece and the Pigeon International Film Festival in Iceland.
‘The Sprayer’ is also the recipient of the best short film award at the 4th IndieX Film Fest in the US, the best short animation awards at the Better World Film Festival (BWFF) in Germany as well as the 3rd Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival.
Recently, the animation grabbed the best short animation award at the 4th Human Rights Film Festival in Italy.
In 2021, the Hollywood Reporter described the festival as “One of the world's leading indie film fests”.