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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.

ZUMEFF Supporters / Partners

The 7th Zayed University Middle East Film Festival is supported by the following companies and institutions.

We would like to thank them very much for their continuous support and their help:

Zayed University, Etihad Airways, Park Rotana, Fast Rent A Car, twofour54, Adobe & Grapheast, Bin Hamoodah Automobiles, Fakrah Alwan, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Scene Club, Arab Cinema Center, #SupportArabCinema, Abela, Mile Studios and the UAE National Film Library and Archive.


ZUMEFF Jury 2016

The Deadline for Submissions just passed and we received close to 200 submissions this year. Our Film Curating Team already started evaluating the submissions and we will pass on our shortlisted films to our jury.

We are proud to announce this year’s professional industry Judges:

Majid Al Ansari (Director Zinana, & Arab Filmmaker Of The Year)
Alaa Karkouti (Film Analyst, MAD & Arab Cinema Center)
Butheina Kazim (Co-Founder of Cinema Akil)
John Kochanczyk (Producer & Sound Editor at Mile Studio)


You can find out more about our jury here.