Iranian filmmaker Mehran Tamadon won the 36th Cinema Du Reel Grand Prize for his documentary Iranian on the evening of Saturday March 29 at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Tamadon’s film competed with 10 other films nominated in the category; the award consists of 8,000 euros and an opportunity for distribution.

Forty films from 26 countries participated in the festival, which started on March 20.

Iranian had also received attention following its screening at the Berlin Film Festival.

Mehran Tamadon took three years to complete Iranian and had to proceed with his project on several occasions without obtaining the necessary permits from Iranian authorities.