Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is the winner of this year’s Canadian Screen Award for best first feature film.
The film earned a total of nine nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards’ in March, including best film, actress and supporting actress.
Tehran-born, Montreal-based Foroughi is nominated for best direction and screenplay.
Ava, a Canadian co-production with Iran and Qatar, stars Mahour Jabbari as the titular character: a 16-year-old, upper-class girl who chafes against family and societal restrictions in Tehran.
The Canadian Screen Awards gala will be broadcast live on CBC-TV on March 11.