The MovieSquad Award given by the young people’s jury at IFFR has been given to French animated film Persepolis. The award was announced January 31. The five jury members, aged 16 to 19 years, selected Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud out of the twenty-two festival films that were up for consideration.
Giulia Bijvoet (17), Wouter Booij (19), Sander Kersten (16), Katia Truijen (17) and Glenn Vergoossen (17), all of whom are from the Netherlands, made up the jury.
In their statement to their press, the jury said: ‘Persepolis has not been drawn in a realistic way. Yet this animated film has touched us deeply. The script was very well constructed. In a film about a girl in Iran, in which political developments play such an important role, it is obvious to think of serious themes as suppression by political or military leaders, corruption and poverty. All of these themes are addressed, but this film goes further. The heavier themes are relieved by a good dose of humour’, they said in a joint statement.
MovieSquad is an initiative of the Nederlands Instituut voor Filmeducatie (Dutch Institute for Film Education) in collaboration with IFFR. The MovieSquad Award includes Dutch distribution within the MovieZone educational film programme for young people, and €2,000 to spend on the promotion of the film among young people in the Netherlands.