Short Film Winners!
20.10.2011 - On Thursday, the Abu Dhabi Film
Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for its
two shorts competitions: the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and
the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented to the
filmmakers in a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel.
The EFC observes its 10th anniversary this year. It was one of
the first outlets for filmmakers in the country, and in the past
decade has become a key platform for regional filmmakers. The
competition was showcased at ADFF in 2008 and 2009 before joining
the Festival as a regular competition last year. EFC films are
selected from the UAE as well as other GCC countries. The 2011 EFC
selection comprised 44 short films - both narrative and documentary
- from the region, including 29 from the UAE.
The international Short Film Competition is made up of
narrative, documentary and animated films from around the world.
The 2011 selection featured 31 films from 23 countries. New this
year are two awards for producers of short films.
Eissa Saif Rashed Al Mazrouei, Director of Special Projects for
the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH),
introduced the ceremony, saying, "Short films convey big ideas and
can offer ample room for creativity and cinematic exploration.
Shorts empower filmmakers to explore new topics or techniques and,
in turn, enable audiences to experience a truly vast diversity in
subject, scope and sentiment."
Al Mazrouei also announced the launch of a new ADFF initiative:
Emarati, which will each year provide up to five Emirati and
GCC filmmakers with funding and support to help them complete
narrative short films. The program will function as part of the
Festival's SANAD postproduction and development fund for Arab
filmmakers, which is now in its second year of supporting important
feature films from the region.
Two separate juries of made up of established filmmakers and
industry professionals decided on the awards for the EFC and the
short films this week.
The Emirates Film Competition Jury President was Moroccan
filmmaker Ahmed El Maânouni. The jury members were: Saudi Arabian
director and film critic Abdullah Al Eyaf; Iraqi-British filmmaker
Maysoon Pachachi; Yemeni producer Khadija Al Salami; and Emirati
director Hani Al Shaibani.
The International Short Film Competition Jury President was
Tunisian producer Attia Habib. The jury members were Emirati
director Nujoom Alghanem and US film curator and exhibitor Ellen M.
The Black Pearl Awards in the 2011 Emirates Film Competition
Short Narrative Competition
- First Prize: Soul, directed by Fatma Abdulla (UAE)
- Second Prize: Dreams of Rice, directed by Yasser Al Neyadi and Hana
Al Shatri (UAE)
- Third Prize: Telephoni, directed by Hassan Kiyany (UAE)
- Special Jury Award: Raneen, directed by Maitham Al Musawi (Oman)
- Best Emirati Film: Soul, directed by Fatma Abdulla (UAE)
- Best Script: Dreams of Rice, directed by Yasser Al Neyadi and Hana
Al Shatri (UAE)
- Best Cinematography: Wind, directed by Waleed Al Shehhi (UAE)
Short Documentary Competition
- First Prize: A Falcon Will Not Breed a Dove, directed by Mansour Al
- Second Prize: Photon, directed by Awadh Al Hamzani (Saudi
- Third Prize: A Night to Remember, directed by Fahmi Farahat (Saudi
- Special Jury Award: Letters to Palestine, directed by Rashid Al Marri
Student Short Narrative Competition
- First Prize: Maher's Camera, by Mansour Al Badran (Saudi
- Second Prize: Mad Camel, by Mohammed Fikree (UAE)
- Third Prize: Dinner #7665, by Salma Serry (UAE, Egypt)
Student Short Documentary Competition
- First Prize: 6 on 18, by Salma Serry (UAE, Egypt)
- Second Prize: Layers, by Manal Wicki (UAE)
- Third Prize: Lahjatna (Our Accent), by Mariam Al Nuaimi (UAE)
Special Jury Mention
- Houda Al Ghanem, actress, Dreams of Rice (UAE)
Student Short Special Jury Mentions
- Abdel Karim Al Badran, actor,
Maher's Camera (Saudi Arabia)
- Humnaid Al Suwaidi, cinematographer, Layers (UAE)
During the ceremony, Dr. Simon Hunter from the New York Film
Academy announced a new award for EFC filmmakers sponsored by his
school: The New York Film Academy Inspiring Filmmaker Award. The
award provides the winners with 12 weeks of training in film
production, during which they will be able to produce three short
films. The Inspiring Filmmaker Awards for 2011 went to: Lamya Al
Mualla and Maitha Al Haddad for their film Al Kandorah;
and Eissa Al Sabousi for his film In Mirror.
The Black Pearl Awards for the 2011 International Short Film
- Best Narrative: A Marriage, directed by Henning Rosenlund
- Best Documentary: Written in Ink, directed by Martin Rath (Poland)
- Best Animation:
Luminaris, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina)
- Best Animation: Specky Four-Eyes, directed by Jean-Claude Rozec
- Best Film from the Arab World: Farewell Exile, directed by Lamia Alami (Morocco)
- Best Producer: Arben Zharku, The Wedding Tape (Kosovo, Germany)
- Best Producer from the Arab World: Yacine Bouaziz, Tomorrow, Algiers? (Algeria)