Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, and President of Zayed University and Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minster of State for Federal National Council Affairs of UAE and Chairwoman of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi and twofour54 handed out the awards for the best student films at the 7th Zayed University Middle East Film Festival on 2 May.
Present at the Awards Ceremony were major players in the media and film industry as well as several well-known Emirati directors
The ‘Best of the Best’ award went to talented Hussam Ismail fom SAE Amman in Jordan for his animated film Unfinished Tales: Fool’s Paradise. His lovely animated film shows four wounded soldiers in a hospital room where one of them with his bed near a window tells the others what happens in the world outside.
‘Best Narrative’ was given to director Seyed Sajad Moosavi from Sooreh University in Iran for his film The Salt Man. A story about a genius artist who is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old daughter.
The ‘Best Documentary’ was awarded to The Sheikh of Musaffah by Waleed Al Madani for his story about an unstable father-son relationship within the ruins of damaged engines and mistreated cars in Musaffah.
The Award for ‘Best Animation’ want to Nicolas Fattouh from Academie Libanaise Des Beaux Arts in Lebanon for his film Le voleur de casseroles, the pot thief. His stop-motion film portrays live on the planet Ednomelie, where people are born with a pot attached to their chest. In order to remain alive, they have to rub the pot all the time …
The ‘twofour54 Emerging Filmmaker Award’ went to Fayssal Bensahli for his film about a passionate young stop-motion artist who wants to pursue his dream: Made of Clay.
The 7th Zayed University Middle East Film Festival is supported by the following companies and institutions.
We would like to thank them very much for their continuous support and their help:
Zayed University, Etihad Airways, Park Rotana, Fast Rent A Car, twofour54, Adobe & Grapheast, Bin Hamoodah Automobiles, Fakrah Alwan, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Scene Club, Arab Cinema Center, #SupportArabCinema, Abela, Mile Studios and the UAE National Film Library and Archive.