Fri Oct 30, 2015 07:25PM
Two productions by the IRIB are decorated in ABU Prizes 2015.
Two productions by the IRIB are decorated in ABU Prizes 2015.

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Broadcasting (IRIB) has won two major prizes in the 2015 festival of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

A statement by IRIB’s international department said the two awards were announced on Friday in a ceremony in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

One of the prizes went to “Three Fish,” a movie directed by Hamid Reza Qorbani, and a production of IRIB’s Sima Film unit. The movie shows the story of a woman who is hopefully fighting a serious disease. 

A screenshot from the movie "Three Fish" 

The other winner was a documentary entitled “Saving Leopard,” produced in IRIB’s Lorestan provincial department. It shows the efforts of a Lorestan relief team to save the life of an injured leopard.

A screenshot from the documentary titled "Saving Leopard"

Moreover, a production of the IRIB’s Tehran Radio called “Ab-o-Tab” was commended by the ABU jury for the influential performance of its host Mohammad Saleh Ala.

According to the ABU, some 250 works, including 154 TV and 92 radio programs, had been sent to the festival’s secretariat, among which 24 TV and 30 radio programs from 23 counties were selected to vie in the final round. Iran was represented by four TV and three radio programs at the final competition. 

The winners of this year’s festival received a cash prize of USD 2,000, a trophy and a certificate. 

Formed in 1964, the ABU is a non-profit, professional association of more than 275 broadcasting organizations from 68 countries with an estimated audience of about three billion people.

The body holds annual competition for radio and television programs, known as ABU Prizes, with IRIB movies and documentaries winning major awards over the past years.