Category Archives: ZUMEFF


The main goal of  ZUMEFF is to give talented Middle Eastern students a chance to show their films.  As such, we are so proud of the success of “The Last Hour,” ZUMEFF 2012’s Grand Prize winner, which debuted at the festival last year.The Last Hour film poster

The touching film of a child experiencing his last hour of life during a war, has since gone to great success at several other film festivals.  Some highlights:
–       Jury Award in Baghdad Film Festival
–       Best Narrative in Tehran film Festival
–       Selected in Carthage Film Festival
–       Selected in Freshly Squeezed Film Festival
–       Selected in Bangkok International Student Film Festival
–       Selected in London MENA Film Festival
–       Selected in FICMEC 2012 – Lebanon
–       Selected in  Film Capalbio Cinema – Italy
–       Selected in Sofia MENAR Film Festival

Congratulations to director Roua Alazzawi and producer Lama Abu Hassan, who have recently graduated form the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts in Jordan and are both working on new projects.


ZUMEFF 2013: April 30-May 1

We are pleased to announce that ZUMEFF 2013 will take place April 30-May 1, 2013 at the Zayed University Abu Dhabi Campus.

Submissions begin January 1, 2013.

Last year’s festival included some 50 films from around the Middle East, from Turkey to Tunisia.  We are proud that the Grand Prize winner of ZUMEFF 2012, The Last Hour, has since gone on to  win in in Tehran Film Festival and Baghdad Film Festival:) and it was selected in Carthage Film Festival!

Here’s to an even better ZUMEFF 2013 and the great young filmmakers of the region.

We look forward to receiving your films for 2013.




The Programme Schedule for ZUMEFF 2012 is Out!

What an incredible year for student films.  The preliminary student-faculty had a tough time choosing from the nearly 100 submissions you had from across the Middle East and North Africa.  Great stories of identity searching, childhood innocence and deception, and the daily battle for peace and dignity for the disabled, victims of violence, and those fighting their own demons.  All the films playing are top quality, and the filmmakers and their schools should be so proud of them.  We hope to see you at our brand new campus for the screenings.  Come early and stay all day—snacks will be on site, as well as some surprises.  And one of our sponsors, Make Up Forever, will have a booth up, ready to give advice when you need to stretch your legs.  Stayed tuned for more updates, getting to know our panel of professional judges, and some of the filmmakers.