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ADFF Announces 2012 Juries
International luminaries representing all aspects of filmmaking
craft will bring their expertise to Abu Dhabi next week to assess
the quality of the films screening in competition at this year's
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival awards prizes to films in five
competitions: Narrative Feature, New Horizons, Documentary Feature,
Short Films, and the increasingly hard-fought Emirates Film
Competition. In addition FIPRESCI, the International Federation of
Film Critics, awards a prize to Arab films screening in
competition, while the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema
(NETPAC) will award the NETPAC prize to an Asian film.
For the Jury of the Narrative Feature Competition
internationally acclaimed Hindi actress Shabana Azmi, star of more
than 120 Hindi films and numerous international productions, has
been appointed President. She will be joined by Cédomir Kolar,
producer of Academy Award winning film no man's land;
Samir Farid, renowned Egyptian film critic; Niki Karimi, Iranian
actress turned director and screenwriter whose feature debut
screened at Cannes in 2005; and Ismaël Farroukhi, French-Morroccan
director who won the Best Director from the Arab World at ADFF last
year among many other Awards.
New Horizons Competition recognises outstanding early work from
new directors (first or second feature). Academy-award winning film
editor Françoise Bonnot will lead the jury, comprised of Giorgio
Gosetti, regarded as one of the finest film programmers in the
world and Director of Venice Days; Vikmuthi Jayasundra, the only
Sri Lankan director to have won the Camera D'Or at Cannes; Mohamed
Al-Daradji, named Variety's Middle East Filmmaker of the Year; and
Nawaf Al-Janahi, one of the leading lights of Emirati filmmaking.
His feature the circle (2009) was one of the first Emirati
films to receive attention on an international scale.
The Jury of the Documentary Feature Competition will be led by
Chilean director Miguel Littin, twice nominated for the Best
Foreign Language Oscar for his films. Ethiopian director Haile
Gerima, whose film taza (2008) won the jury prize at
Venice; veteran journalist and Oscar nominated director Carles
Bosch; Safinez Bousbia, whose film el guato earned her the
Best New Director (Documentary) at ADFF in 2011 and the multi
award-winning Egyptian script director and Producer Mohamed Hefzy
complete the jury.
The jury of the Emirates Film Competition will be led by
Tunisian director-producer Rida Behi, who will be joined by Ahd
Kamel / Saudi Arabia, Ali Al Ali / Bahrain, Suha Salem / Iraq and
Bader Ben Hirsi /Yeman. The Short Film Competition will be judged
by Ahmed Magdy / Egypt, Ahmed Hasan Ahmed / UAE, Felix van
Groeningen / Belgium and Rania Attieh / Lebanon, USA under the
leadership of the Algerian-Dutch director Karim Traïdia, a multi
Festival Director Ali Al Jabri also announced that New Horizons
jury president Françoise Bonnot will be conducting a master class
during the Festival.
"Madame Bonnot is one of the most respected film editors in the
world. It is an incredible opportunity for filmmakers to learn from
Audience members can also 'be the jury' by casting their vote
for the Audience Award, open to all films screening in the Showcase
section of the programme.
This is the first year the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has been
presented under the management of TwoFour54, as part of the plan to
strategically align the festival alongside Abu Dhabi's other media
initiatives and related events, reinforcing Abu Dhabi as the
creative hub for the region supporting film production.
Contact thePress Team