The Zayed University Middle East Film Festival (ZUMEFF) is a Middle East wide film festival for students by students. Now in its 8th year, it showcases the best films from universities across the region. The festival screenings will be on 30 April – 1 May 2017.
Last year, the festival showed 65 films from more than 40 universities in 16 countries from the Middle East. Top prizes were determined by students and industry judges in five categories: Best of the Best, Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animation and the twofour54 Emerging Filmmaker Award.
Winners are flown to Abu Dhabi to take part in a closing event attended by regional filmmakers and celebrities.
ZUMEFF is organized as a class, in which students do the marketing, film evaluations, event organization, artwork and printing, outreach, advertising and public relations.
ZUMEFF was established in 2010 as a graduation project by AlYazyah Al Falasi, Reema Majed and Faculty Director Alia Yunis, with the aim to show case of students’ films and encourage young filmmakers in the region. It is now under the supervision of Sascha Ritter.
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