Category Archives: Announcement

Our 2018 Jury Members

We are very happy to announce our nine professional industry judges for this year’s ZUMEFF; a former BBC Newshour host, a renowned Arab film producer, the Senior Channel Manager from MBC, the head of the Doc Corner at Cannes and many more …

Narrative Jury: Owen Bennett-Jones, Talal Al-Muhanna and Özge Calafato – more info here

Documentary Jury: Lina Matta, Pierre-Alexis Chevit and Hana Makki – more info here

Animation Jury: Ahmed Al Mutawa, Nassma Al Bahrani and Ahmad Saleh – more info here

Submissions Deadline: 15 January 2018

We just extended the deadline to our submissions to 15 January 2018 to give you more time to finish up your student projects and enter them into the competition.

We will hand out the following Awards in 2018:

Best of the Best
Best Documentary
Best Narrative
Best Animation
twofour54 Emerging Filmmaker Award
Happiness, Positivity & Tolerance Award
Bin Hamoodah Year of Zayed Award
Best Audio Documentary/Feature

Submissions to the Best Audio Documentary/Feature are now open as well.

The prizes will be handed out in partnership with Adobe/  Grapheast/Wacom, twofour54 and Bin Hamoodah Automobiles.

ZUMEFF @ Warehouse 421

We are very happy and excited to announce that will take place at the Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi from 26 – 28 February.

Warehouse421 is located in Mina Zayed and launched two years ago as a cultural space to support the UAE’s creative community. It is a platform for art and culture, design and creativity, performance and music, from regional, international and UAE-based artists, designers and cultural practitioners. So we feel this is the perfect home for us.

We would like to especially thank the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation for making this partnership happen.
You can find more information on the new location at