Our 2017 Finalists

We are excited to announce that our finalists have been chosen:


  • Ayny by Ahmad Saleh (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) – Germany, Jordan, Palestine
  • Finding Myself by Maryam Khalid Obaid (Sharjah Women College) – UAE
  • MAA BAA by Ahmad Saleh (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) – Germany
  • Unfinished Tales: The Alchemist by Hussam Ismail (SAE Amman) – Jordan


  • One in a Million by Natalie George Soumbouloglou (SAE Institute Amman) – Jordan
  • To My Mother by Ahmad Al-Bazz (An-Najah National University) – Palestine
  • Story of Fatat by Ibrahim Harb (IESAV, University of Saint Joseph) – Lebanon
  • Hartom by Arkus (Arab Film Studio) – UAE
  • For them by Khawla Abdulkareem (Zayed University) – UAE


  • My Dear Home With Love by Aisha AlZaabi (Higher Colleges of Technology) – UAE
  • Gaby by Ornella Maalouf (Notre Dame University) – Lebanon
  • Dark Chocolate by Dania A. Moussa (American University of Dubai) – Syria/UAE
  • The Choice by Eman Al Sayed (Arab Film Studio) – UAE
  • Al Johara by Rasha Mkachar (Carnegie Mellon University) – Qatar

The finalists are now with our Professional Jury and they will evaluate them and crown the winners …

Congratulation to everyone and best of luck in the final round!

ZUMEFF Jury 2017

We are very  proud to announce this year’s professional industry Jury for the 8th edition of ZUMEFF:

  • Paul Baboudjian, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Arab Film Institute
  • Marija Krunic, Executive Director of the International Filmmaking Academy IFA, Bologna/Italy
  • Abdulla Al-Ogail, Production Executive at Image Nation Abu Dhabi

You can find out more about our judges here.

Submissions closed

The Deadline for Submissions just passed and we received over 150 submissions this year. Our Film Curating Team already started evaluating the submissions. In the next couple of days, we will also announce our professional industry jury that will then evaluate the shortlisted finalists. So stay tuned …