ZUMEFF was invited by the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen in Germany, to showcase our best student films.
The Arab Film Festival in Tübingen is the oldest and most important forum for Arab film in the German speaking countries since 2005 and screens new films from and about Arab world. The festival is a bridge between culture, business and academic world. The Arab Film Festival is organized by the Union of Arab Students and Academics at the University of Tübingen.
We were very happy to provide a rare and very much appreciated showcase for young Arabs to exhibit their creativity and express their ideas and cultural heritage.
The following films were shown:
- Made of clay by Fayssal Bensahli, UAE 2015
- Le voleur de casseroles by Nicolas Fattouh, Lebanon 2015
- Unfinished tales: Fool’s paradise by Hussam Ismail, Jordan 2016
- The salt man by Seyed Sajad Moosavi, Iran 2015
- The dice player by Nissmah Roshdy, Egypt 2013
- The living of the pigeons by Baha Abu Shabah, Palestine 2014
- Praise of wounds by Mohamad Alfateh Abu-Snenih, Palestine 2015
- Burhan Kashour by Mohamad Alfateh Abu-Snenih, Palestine 2014
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, and President of Zayed University and Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minster of State for Federal National Council Affairs of UAE and Chairwoman of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi and twofour54 handed out the awards for the best student films at the 7th Zayed University Middle East Film Festival on 2 May.
Present at the Awards Ceremony were major players in the media and film industry as well as several well-known Emirati directors
The ‘Best of the Best’ award went to talented Hussam Ismail fom SAE Amman in Jordan for his animated film Unfinished Tales: Fool’s Paradise. His lovely animated film shows four wounded soldiers in a hospital room where one of them with his bed near a window tells the others what happens in the world outside.
‘Best Narrative’ was given to director Seyed Sajad Moosavi from Sooreh University in Iran for his film The Salt Man. A story about a genius artist who is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old daughter.
The ‘Best Documentary’ was awarded to The Sheikh of Musaffah by Waleed Al Madani for his story about an unstable father-son relationship within the ruins of damaged engines and mistreated cars in Musaffah.
The Award for ‘Best Animation’ want to Nicolas Fattouh from Academie Libanaise Des Beaux Arts in Lebanon for his film Le voleur de casseroles, the pot thief. His stop-motion film portrays live on the planet Ednomelie, where people are born with a pot attached to their chest. In order to remain alive, they have to rub the pot all the time …
The ‘twofour54 Emerging Filmmaker Award’ went to Fayssal Bensahli for his film about a passionate young stop-motion artist who wants to pursue his dream: Made of Clay.
ZUMEFF 2015 was a great success. Over the two days we had about 1.200 visitors at the screenings and 600 guests at our Awards Ceremony and the “From A to B” screening.
This year’s winners are:
NYFA/ZUMEFF Award for Best Aspiring Filmmaker
The Final Chapter by Mohamed Nizar Luqman & Saleh Bin Hallabi
Praise of Wounds by Mohammed Abu-Snenih
The Dice Player by Nissmah Mohammed Roshdy
That Day in September by Karim Jaafar
The Living of the Pigeons by Baha Abu Shanab
Best of the Best
With Thy Spirit by Karim Rahbani
We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters again. Without them, this would not have been possible: Etihad Airways, Park Rotana, New York Film Academy, Fast Rent A Car, Nikon, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World, Noble Printing, Imagenation, du, Abela & Co., Vital Polyclinic, Aflamnah, Dubai Moving Image Museum, UAE National Film Library and Archive and Zayed University.