Submissions Open

We are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for ZUMEFF 2017. We look forward to receiving your documentary, narrative, and animated films.

Please use our online submission form. The Deadline is 31 January 2017.

ZUMEFF 2017 will take place from 30 April – 1 May 2017 at Zayed University Abu Dhabi!

We accept submissions from across the Middle East and North Africa and students of middle eastern origin who are studying abroad as long as they were made by students at universities, colleges or higher learning institutions in the past 18 months.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your films at ZUMEFF 2017 in Abu Dhabi.


We just announced at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) that we will work closely together to support young Arab and UAE students.

“We are very happy to intensify our strategic partnership with DIFF,” stated HE Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University and Minister of State for Tolerance.   “It also allows us to have special screenings in Dubai for the first time in 2017.” The main festival screenings will be held at Zayed University’s Abu Dhabi Campus on 30 April – 1 May 2017 and are open to the public.
Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), commented: “Supporting the next generation of filmmakers from across the region is paramount to DIFF’s commitment to helping the Arab film industry flourish. The Zayed University Middle East Film Festival shares this passion and we are delighted to be working with them to inspire young talent and ensure tomorrow’s industry will be just as strong as today’s.”

Throughout the last eight years ZUMEFF has increasingly gained recognition at international film festivals. “Showing our movies at festivals such as the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania, the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen, Germany and the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco in the US provides a great opportunity to reinforce a positive image of Arab youth,” explained Sascha Ritter, ZUMEFF director and CCMS faculty member.

ZUMEFF winners at the AFF in Germany

ZUMEFF was invited by the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen in Germany, to showcase our best student films.

The Arab Film Festival in Tübingen is the oldest and most important forum for Arab film in the German speaking countries since 2005 and screens new films from and about Arab world. The festival is a bridge between culture, business and academic world. The Arab Film Festival is organized by the Union of Arab Students and Academics at the University of Tübingen.

We were very happy to provide a rare and very much appreciated showcase for young Arabs to exhibit their creativity and express their ideas and cultural heritage.

The following films were shown:

  • Made of clay by Fayssal Bensahli, UAE 2015
  • Le voleur de casseroles by Nicolas Fattouh, Lebanon 2015
  • Unfinished tales: Fool’s paradise by Hussam Ismail, Jordan 2016
  • The salt man by Seyed Sajad Moosavi, Iran 2015
  • The dice player by Nissmah Roshdy, Egypt 2013
  • The living of the pigeons by Baha Abu Shabah, Palestine 2014
  • Praise of wounds by Mohamad Alfateh Abu-Snenih, Palestine 2015
  • Burhan Kashour by Mohamad Alfateh Abu-Snenih, Palestine 2014