ZUMEFF 2018 is over … We had three wonderful nights at the Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi and a fantastic audience that was very engaged. We had a lot of fruitful discussions and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and the selected films. The Music Videos by Big Hass, and his intro on the second screening night, as well as Jamil Jabbour’s live performance on the Closing Night and the inspiring talk by John Bucher made ZUMEFF an event to remember.
We are very proud to present this year’s winners:
Best Audio Documentary
Catfishing in the Nile by Ahmed Hosam Refai from the American University in Cairo, Egypt
From A to Bee by Maryam Mustafa from the American University of Sharjah, UAE
Changing the World: Bit by Bit by Ahmed Geaissa from the American University of Sharjah, UAE
ZUMEFF Happiness, Positivity and Tolerance Award
Odyssey by Mariam Al Romaithi from HCT Abu Dhabi, UAE
Long Road by Adel Essam from Animsquad, Eygpt/USA
Best Narrative Award
Close your Eyes … well by Ali Albayati from the University of Baghdad, Iraq
Best Documentary Award
Visitation by Noor AbuGhaniah from Dar Al-Kalima, Palestine
Bin Hamoodah Chevrolet Year of Zayed Award
Sheikh Zayed’s 100th birthday by Hooreya Al Muflahi from Zayed University Abu Dhabi, UAE
twofour54 Emerging Filmmaker Award
The Risk by Shaimaa Albuainain Almazrouei from HCT Abu Dhabi, UAE
Best of the Best Award
R.A.N.D.A. by Farouk Al Jammal from IESAV St. Joseph University, Lebanon
Thanks again to all the volunteers and to our sponsors and partners for helping us making this festival happen:
Zayed University, Warehouse421, US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, twofour54, Bin Hamoodah Automobiles, Adobe, Grapheast, Wacom, Mojo Ink, Dubai International Film Festival, Cinema Akil and the UAE National Film Library and Archive.
Talking “Virtual Reality and the Future of Film” … we are happy to welcome John Bucher on 28 February at 8 pm at ZUMEFF. John is an acclaimed writer, author, communicator, and cultural mythologist based out of Hollywood, California in the United States. He is the author of five books including Storytelling for Virtual Reality (Routledge, 2018), and Master of the Cinematic Universe: Writing in the New World of Media (Michael Wiese, 2016).