The first Ahvaz International Science Film Festival conferred its first Life Time Achievement Award to Aruna Vasudev for her untiring efforts on promotion of Asian cinema through Network for Promotion of Asian (NETPAC) since 1990.
Aruna is a renowned figure among Iranian film industry insiders as well as film lovers in Iran, who is known as Mother of Asian Cinema. Aruna acted as the President of International Jury of Ahvaz Festival and her award, including Festival Trophy and a piece of gold necklace, made by internationally-known goldsmiths of Ahvaz, was handed over by international star of Iranian cinema, Simin (Fatemeh) Motamed Aria, at closing ceremony on February 27, 2015.
The first Ahvaz International Science Film Festival, organised by Shahid Chamran University, took place from February 22-27 in Khouzestan, south-west of Iran and the programme included more than 200 films from around the world at 15 movie theaters in city of Ahvaz. All the Festival Awards were named after Iranian ancient science and literature celebrities like ‘Rumi’, ‘Al-Razi’, ‘Al-Farabi’ and ‘Kharazmi’.
Aruna Vasudevis also the founder and Editor of Cinemaya, and of Cinefan Festival of Asian cinema, continues to be the President of NETPAC International as well as of NETPAC India and is the Director of The Inner Path Festival.