UK's official entry to the OSCARS 2023


By Hassan Nazer

Original title – WINNERS
International title – WINNERS


When a precious statue goes missing in Iran, two children race the authorities to return the treasure to its rightful owner.


In a poor Iranian village, children work hard to support their families. One day, nine-year-old Yahya, and his friend Leyla, find a precious statuette in the desert. While the authorities
search for the lost treasure, Yahya’s boss, who shares Yahya’s passion for cinema, decides to help the children find the statuette’s rightful owner.


Reza Naji (Nasser khan)
Hossein Abedini (Sabir)
Parsa Maghami (Yahya)
Helia Mohammad Khani (Leila)
Malalai Zikria (Mother)
Shahrzad Kamalzadeh (Post office Manager)


Written & Directed by – Hassan Nazer
Director of Photography – Arash Seifie Jamadi
Original Music – Mohammad Saeed Shayan & Mohsen Amini
Editing – Dave Arthur & Hassan Nazer & Reza Jouze
Sound Designer – William Aikman
Sound Recordist – Jafar Alian Nasab
Production Designer – Mohammad Mohammadi
Costume Designer – Hamed Mohammadi
Make-Up Artist – Mohammad Zoghi

Production Manager – Mojtaba Noor Mohammadi
Line Producer (Iran Unit) Mohsen Mosaferchi

Producers – Nadira Murray & Paul Welsh
Production Company – Sylph Productions Ltd

United Kingdom’s official entry to the Oscar 2023

“Curative Magic of Cinema”
The Guardian

“An ode to cinema and the joys it brings”

“A passionate, meta tribute to the cinema of [Nazer’s] native Iran”

“A film full of heart,[recalling] the magic of Cinema Paradiso”

“An entertaining adventure.
A story of magic found in the most unlikely of places”

“Top 2023 Film by Critic Choice”

WINNERS‘ – Nominated BAFTA Scotland’s Best Feature Film Award, 2023
Full List of Nominations


Winner's UK's Official Entry 2023

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of: ‘Audience Award’ – 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), UK, 2022.
  • Winner of: ‘Best UK Feature Film Award’ – 30th Raindance Film Festival, UK, 2022.
  • Winner of: 1) ‘BIFA 2022, Discovery Award’ (Hassan Nazer) – 25th British Independent Film, Festival, UK.
  • Winner of: 2) ‘BIFA 2022, Breakthrough Producer’ (Nadira Murray) – 25th British Independent Film Festival, UK.
  • Winner of: BFI & CHANEL Fimmaker Award 2023 to the producer Nadira Murray. 
  • Winner of: ‘Audience Award’ – 3e Festival Nouvelles Images Persanes, Vitré, France, 2023.
  • Winner of: ‘Best Feature Film Award’ – BAFTA SCOTLAND AWARDS, UK, 2023.
  • Winner of: ‘Grand Prize Anfa d’Or’ – 3rd Casablanca Independent Film Festival, Morocco, 2024.
  • 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), UK. August 12-20, 2022. ‘Official Selection’.
  • 33e Dinard Festival Du Film Britannique, France. September 28-October 02, 2022 ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 30th Raindance Film Festival, UK. 2022. October 26-November 05, 2022. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 25th British Independent Film Awards, London, UK. December 04, 2022.
  • 23rd Keswick International Film Festival, UK. February 24-27, 2023. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • 6ème Festival Pluriel.les, Jaux, France. March 06-12, 2023
  • 37th Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland. March 17-26, 2023. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 14 Hebden Bridge Film Festival. UK. March 24-26, 2023. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • Bari International Film Festival, Italy. March 24-April 01, 2023.  ‘Competitive’ section.   
  • SHETLAND ARTS – 16th Screenplay Film Festival, UK. August 29- September 03, 2023 ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • 15th Tashkent International Film Festival ‘Pearl of the Silk Road’, Uzbekistan. September 29-October 03, 2023. 
  • MIDDLE EAST NOW, Firenze, Italy. October 10-15, 2023. ‘Non Competitive Festival’
  • 34th Ankara Film Festival, Turkey. November 02-10, 2023. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • Festival Nouvelles Images Persanes, Vitré, France. November 14-19, 2023. ‘Competitive’ section. 
  • 11th Iranian Film Festival Australia. November 16- December 13, 2023. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 5th Hainan Island International Film Festival, Sanya, China. December 16-22, 2023. ‘Competition’ section.
  • 22nd Pune International Film Festival, India. January 18-25, 2024. ‘Global Cinema’ section.
  • National Museum of Asian Art/Iranian Film Festival, Washington, DC, USA. Screening date: January 26,  2024.
  • 31st Iranian Film Festival Houston, USA – Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Asia Society Texas and Rice Cinema.
    Screening date: January 27, 2024. 
  • Boston Festival of Films from Iran/Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA. Screening date: March 02, 2024. 
  • Festival of Films from Iran, American Film Institute/Silver Theatre in collaboration with the National Museum of Asian Art, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Screening dates: March 04, and March 06, 2024.
  • 22nd Pune International Film Festival-Nagpur Edition, India. March 08-10, 2024.
  • 3rd Casablanca Independent Film Festival, Morocco. April 19 – 25, 2024. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • Ciné Club Persan – Les Cinémas du Grütli, Geneva, Switzerland. Screening date: April 29, 2024.
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