The Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC) at the American University in Dubai (AUD) has concluded the third edition of its annual short student film festival Original Narrative. The closing ceremony was attended by Dr. Carol Moufarrej, Associate Dean of MBRSC, the jury members, all the participating filmmakers as well as AUD faculty, staff, […]
The Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC) at the American University in Dubai (AUD) has concluded the third edition of its annual short student film festival Original Narrative. The closing ceremony was attended by Dr. Carol Moufarrej, Associate Dean of MBRSC, the jury members, all the participating filmmakers as well as AUD faculty, staff, and students, family, friends, and many film enthusiasts.
Sophie Boutros, Chair of the Festival Committee, commented: “The competing films were very well received this year. The networking between the students from all over the world through the films screenings and workshops – designed specifically for the festival, have resulted in new friendships and have opened the door to future collaborations.
The festival lasted for four days during which 55 films from over 20 countries competed in four categories: documentary, fiction, animation, and scenarios. The Best Screenplay Award went to Plain Chocolate directed by Dania Moussa, Samah Srisi, Tasnim Alsayed (MBRSC Students), the Best Animation Award went to Cowboyland directed by David Stumph from Slovakia, the Best Documentary Award went to Traces of Absence directed by Ana Monras Zoller from Spain, and the Best Fiction Award went to Disintegration directed by Alvaro Martin from Spain
Special Mention Awards were also bestowed including the Documentary-Special Mention award for Marbouta directed by Ibtihal Bakhti (Moroccan- MBRSC Student), the Fiction-Special Mention award for Alex directed by Laura Garcia from Spain, and the Fiction-Special Mention award for Soukoun directed by Clara Kossaifi from Lebanon.
The Peoples Choice Award went to Michel Zarazir from Lebanon for directing Under the Robes.
He added: I am so happy to have received the Peoples Choice award, it is one which I will proudly display next to the six other awards I have received for my film. It was very interesting because they added spontaneity which is reflected in the performance as a whole.”
Winners were selected by a jury comprising professionals and prominent figures in the film industry including Iskandar Copt, a Palestinian director nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film Ajami, Buthaina Kazim, Emirati producer and founder of Cinema Aqil, Delphine Garde-Mroueh – Head of Program Administration and Film Services at Dubai International Film Festival/Gulf Film Festival, Mark Chavez, an expert in animation and visual effects, Diane Petrovec founder of an interactive student camp in Serbia calling for the production of documentaries under the supervision of specialists, Fayza Mbah, a writer, director and pioneer in the Saudi press, Ahmed Shawki screenwriter and movie critic, and Yazan Ghazzawi, scriptwriter.
Jamal Al Sharif, Managing Director of Dubai Media/Studio City and Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, said: The third AUD short film festival was a great success this year, and as partners we are happy to have been a part of it again. The talent showcased through the films in this festival provided an excellent platform to support these young filmmakers in their creativity. As a film commission, we continue supporting such talent and initiatives that further develops the film industry here in the UAE.
The festival program included films presentations, a workshop on film and acting under the supervision of specialised representatives in the field, script-readings, networking sessions between directors and students from around the world in addition to a host of other activities aimed at enhancing the participation of filmmakers, helping them to develop their skills through direct contact with leading specialists in this field.
The students also got a chance to participate in a series of workshops, including a workshop Drama Drone sponsored by Advanced Media Technologies and led by AUDs Roozbeh Ali Kafi, Assistant Professor of Digital Production and Storytelling at MBRSC, as well as another workshop entitled Talent Management under the auspices of Iskandar Copt.
Platinum sponsor Cadillac also organised the Fashionably Early 2.0 workshop on creativity in the field of television advertising under the supervision of Ashraf Mansour, Strategy Partner at Interesting Times.
On the workshop, Heba Amin, Cadillac Middle East Advertising Manager: The third edition of ON proved a success, serving as a powerful platform for self-expression, a testament to our regions varied cinematic talent. We at Cadillac are committed to partner with initiatives that further the development and nurturing of creative talent in the region, and look forward to more engagement such as the Fashionably Early 2.0 workshop, which saw participants deliver world-class creative output. We look forward to seeing the winning Short Film brought to life.
ON has become an annual tradition and platform and cinema students in the Arab region and the world.