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ADFF Announces Winners of Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition

Emirates Film Competition

The Emirates Film Competition (EFC) observes its 12th anniversary this year, marking more than a decade as a key platform for regional filmmakers. The EFC is dedicated to showcasing short films from established directors and new discoveries from the UAE and other GCC countries.

This year, the EFC selection comprised 49 short films from all over the Gulf region, including 36 from the UAE.

The Emirates Film Competition is presented by Dolphin Energy.

The Jury

PRESIDENT: Ahmed Rachedi, Algeria

Oday Rasheed, Iraq Taleb Al-Refai, Kuwait
Hafiz Abdulla, Qatar
Fadel Al Muhairi, UAE

The jury awarded the following Awards in the Emirates Film Competition 2013:

Short Narrative Competition:

First Prize(AED 30,000):BIDOON
directed by Mohammed Al Ibrahim


Second Prize (AED 25,000):WITH TIME
directed by Malak Quota

Special Jury Award (AED 25,000): DADDY ABC
directed by Hamad Al Awar


Student Short Narrative Competition:

First Prize (AED 20,000):I DON’T UNDERSTAND
directed by Noura Al Zarouni

Second Prize (AED 15,000):MIRROR
directed by Ameera Madhi

Third Prize (AED 10,000):GRIEF
directed by Omnia Al Afifi

Short Documentary Competition:

First Prize (AED 30,000):FEEDING FIVE-HUNDRED
directed by Rafed Al Harthi & Ray Haddad

Second Prize (AED 25,000):TEMSA7
directed by Latifa Al Darwish & Rouda Al Meghaiseeb

Special Jury Award (AED 25,000):BADER
directed by Latifa Al Darwish, Sara Al Saadi & Maaria Assami


Student Short Documentary Competition:

First Prize (AED 20,000):OOPS!
directed by Reem Al Meqbali

Second Prize (AED 15,000):SILENT ART 
directed by Hana Mire

Third Prize (AED 10’000):AGAINST THE WIND 
directed by Aisha Abdulla


Best Emirati Film (AED 25’000)

DADDY ABC
directed by Hamad Al Awar

Best Cinematography Award (AED 10’000)

MIRROR
Cinematographer Hamda Al Qubaisi


Best Script Award (AED 10’000)

BIDOON
Writer Mohammed Al Ibrahim

– End of Emirates Film Competition –


Short Film Competition

The Jury

PRESIDENT: Mohamad Malas, Syria

Hala Khalil, Egypt
Jenle Hallund, Denmark
Khalid Al Mahmood, UAE
Matthieu Darras, France


Best Narrative (USD 25’000)

THE WOUND(Obida)
directed by Anna Budanova (Russia)


Best Film from the Arab World (USD 20,000)

THOUGH I KNOW THE RIVER IS DRY
directed by Omar Robert Hamilton (Palestine, Egypt, Qatar)


Best Documentary (USD 20,000)

LE JOUR A VAINCU LA NUIT
directed by Jean-Gabriel Periot (France)


Best Animated Short Film (USD 20,000)

REALITY 2.0
directed by Victor Orozco Ramirez (Germany, Mexico)


Best Producer (USD 10,000)

Saïd Hamish for the film ZAKARIA
directed by Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia)


Best Producer from the Arab World (USD 10,000)

Djaber Debzi
for the film THE DAYS BEFORE 
directed by Karim Moussaoui (Algeria)

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