ZUMEFF 2018 Winners

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

Honorable Mention
From A to Bee by Maryam Mustafa from the American University of Sharjah, UAE

Honorable Mention
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

Best Animation
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.

VR guru John Bucher at ZUMEFF

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).


This year’s prizes

ZUMEFF 2018 is only a couple of weeks away and we are expecting the results from our judges within this week. So time to let you know the prizes for this year’s winners …

Adobe, Grapheast and Wacom will sponsor the following prizes:

  • Best of the Best: 4.000 AED gift voucher for Yas Mall
  • Best Narration: 2.500 AED gift voucher for Yas Mall
  • Best Documentary: 2.500 AED gift voucher for Yas Mall
  • Best Animation: 1.000 AED gift voucher for Yas Mall + a Wacom Tablet

Bin Hamoodah Automobiles will sponsor a special award this year, the Bin Hamoodah Chevrolet Year of Zayed Award. The winner of this prize will receive 10.000 AED to donate to a good will or a good cause within the UAE.

twofour54 will sponsor the twofour54 emerging Filmmaker Award. The winner will receive the following:

  • Equipment support for 3 days (cameras, sound & lighting Kit)
  • 2 days in a twofour54 editing studio with an in-house professional editor
  • Internship on a twofour54 production

Thanks again to all our partners and sponsors for their support!