ZUMEFF 2014 is over and we are very happy that more than 1.000 students attended this year. We screened nearly 50 films from the 125 submissions we received from 18 different countries.
And this are this year’s winners:
New York Film Academy / ZUMEFF Aspiring Filmmaker Award: Dates by Fatma Alghanim, Zayed University Abu Dhabi/UAE
Best Animation: House by Ahmad Saleh, University of the Arts, Bremen/Germany
A stop motion animation film that discusses themes of oppression, violence, and hatred. Indirectly alludes to different struggles without pointing at them directly
Best Narration: Memex by Gaelle Sassine, Notre Dame University/Lebanon
Long Time Ago, Charles the first decided to collect all the books around the world and put it in one place. This new place became the world’s main research center; he called it Memex
Best Documentary: Burhan Kashour by Mohammad Al-Fateh, Dar al-Kalima University/Palestine
The film represents the story of a young rapper from Jerusalem, who is struggling to quite his career due to depression from the social, economic and political situation of his home town.
Best of the Best: Et je vole by Manon Nammour, Notre Dame University/Lebanon
A lovely story about a little girl and her daily exploits. She inspires and entertains while dealing with her ailing mother and stubborn father.
Thanks again to our judges Adel Al Jabri (Programmer and Coordinator at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival), Khalid Khouri (Head of Commercial, Ibtikar and Tadreeb) and Vida Rizq (Founder of Aflamnah) and everyone who was involved in this year’s festival!