Noureddin Zarrinkelk

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Noureddin Zarrinkelk نورالدين زرين کلک
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Born (1937-04-09) 9 April 1937 (age 81)
OccupationAnimator, Director, Illustrator and University Professor

Noureddin Zarrinkelk (also spelled Zarrin-Kelk, also known as Noori or Nouri, born 9 April 1937 in Mashhad) is an Iranian animator, concept artist, editor, graphic designer, illustrator, layout artist, photographer, script writer and sculptor.[1]

He studied pharmacy at Tehran University and holds a PharmD. Then he studied animation film in the Belgium Royal Academy Of Fine Arts (Raoul Servais) from 1969 till 1972.

Zarrinkelk founded the first school of Animation, which later merged with the prestigious faculty of fine art of Tehran University. Zarrinkelk continued being a professor of animation and graphic arts well into his retirement age.

Since 1971, Zarrinkelk has been Jury member of various international animation festivals and illustration biennials.

Zarrinkelk was elected as the president of ASIFA (Association International du Film d'Animation) by his peers in 2003.

Zarrinkelk is known as the father of animation of Iran.


The art of animation as practised in modern day Iran started in 1950s. Iran's animation owes largely to Noureddin Zarrinkelk. Zarrinkelk was instrumental in founding the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) in Tehran in collaboration with the late father of Iranian graphics Morteza Momayez and other fellow artists like Farshid Mesghali, Ali Akbar Sadeghi and Arapik Baghdasarian, among others.


  • Puppet Film; “Jiri Trnka” Studios; Prag 1975
  • Animation Film; “Royal Academy Of Fine Arts” Belgium 1969-1972
  • Miniature (Persian Traditional Painting) School; Tehran 1950’s
  • PhD Pharmacy; Tehran University 1955-1962


  • In the U.N.; Writer, Designer & Director (Under Production)
  • Pood; Writer, Designer & Director 2000
  • Identity (For UNICEF); Writer, Designer & Director 1999
  • Moscow; (Mouse & Cow) Writer, Designer & Director 1998
  • Sinbad; (Full length animated feature) Stylist, Director 1987-1991 (Hollywood)
  • Super Powers; Writer, Designer & Director 1982
  • A Way To Neighbor; Writer, Designer & Director 1978
  • Prince Amir-Hamzeh; Writer, Designer & Director 1977
  • The Mad, Mad, Mad World; Writer, Designer & Director 1975
  • Atal-Matal; Writer, Designer & Director 1974
  • Association Of Ideas; Writer, Designer & Director 1973
  • Philipo and a Train from Hong Kong; Director 1971 (Belgium)
  • A Playground for Baboush; Writer, Designer & Director 1971 (Belgium)
  • Duty, First; Designer & Director 1970 (Belgium)


  • Rumi’s Stories, Illustrations (under Publication)
  • Prince Arsalan, Illustrations 2005
  • Mullah Nasruddin, Illustrations 2005
  • The Elephant and the Ant, Text & illustration 2005
  • In the U.N.; Text & Illustration 2005
  • From the waters; Text & Illustration 1996
  • Multi-Job Factory; Text & Illustration 1988
  • A-B-Zoo; Text & Illustration 1986
  • Medical Publications (700 Title); Design & Illustration 1984-1985
  • If I were God; Text & Illustration 1983
  • When I was a Kid; Text (Illustrations by Zarrinkelk Junior) 1981
  • Story of the Silk Worm; Text & Illustrations 1979
  • Cyrus the King; Illustrations 1977
  • Albino and the Princess; Illustrations 1976
  • Folk Tales From Asia; Issue 1-3 Illustrations 1975
  • New Year’s Day and the Kites; Illustrations 1974
  • Story of the Carpet Flowers; Illustrations 1973
  • Albini and the Sphinx; Illustrations 1972
  • The Crows; Illustrations 1968
  • Hero “Amir-Hamzeh”; Illustrations 1967
  • The Myth of the Sphinx; Illustrations 1965
  • Iran, Crossroad of Caravans; Illustrations 1964
  • Text Book For Schools (Grade 1 to 4); Illustrations 1960-1970
  • Various Newspapers; Graphics, Illustrations, Caricatures 1950-1960

Other activities[edit]

  • President of ASIFA international Association of Animated Film since November 2003
  • Member of the board of directors of ASIFA* International, 1988–2000
  • Founder and President of ASIFA* Iran since 1986
  • Founder and Teacher of Animation, Post Graduate School, “Farabi” Art University, Tehran 1977-1996
  • Founder and Teacher of the first Animation School, Tehran 1974-1977
  • Member of ASIFA International since 1971
  • Jury Member of various international animation festival and illustration Biennales since 1975


  • Permanent resident, Association International du Film d’Animation.
  • Hans Christian Andersen Life Achievement for children books
  • Jewell of the Century, Annecy International Film Festival, France 2000, for “The Mad, Mad, Mad World”
  • Collection Tokyo Museum of Illustration, Japan 2000, for “Mullah Nasruddin”
  • Jury’s special award Tehran International Biennial, Iran 1999, for “Mullah Nasruddin”
  • Jury’s special award Tehran International Film Festival, Iran 1989, for “Supper Powers”
  • Special Mention, Bologna Book Exhibition, Italy 1987, for “A-B-Zoo”
  • Diploma Of Honor, Hans Christian Andersen Jury For Lifetime Achievement 1984
  • Diploma of Honor, Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy for “Prince Hamzeh” 1978
  • Diploma Of Honor, Paris International Short Film Festival for “the Mad, Mad, Mad World” 1977
  • First Prize for Subject, Oberhausen International Film Festival 1977, for “the Mad, Mad, Mad World” 1977
  • Plate of Honour, “Cairo International Film Festival” Egypt for “the Mad, Mad, Mad World” 1977
  • Silver Prize, Espinho International Film Festival, Portugal, for “the Mad, Mad, Mad World” 1977
  • Diploma of Honor, Chicago International Film Festival 1976
  • First Prize for Subject, Saloniki Film Festival, Greece, for “the Mad, Mad, Mad World” 1977
  • Diploma of Honor, San Francisco International Film Festival, for Association of Ideas 1975
  • Best Book of the year, “IBBY Iran”, for “When I was a kid” 1975
  • Prix Clothide Coupie, Belgium National Film Festival 1973, for “Duty, First”
  • Prize for Schools, Annecy International Film Festival, France, 1969, for “Duty, First”
  • Golden Apple, Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, Slovakia 1971, for “The Crows”
  • Best Book of the year, “UNESCO International”, Tokyo, Japan 1970, for “The Crows”
  • Best Book of the year, “UNESCO Iran”, for “The Crows” 1970
  • Plate of Honor, IBBY Iran, for “Myth of the Sphinx” 1969


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