The sixth edition of the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) that runs April 11 to17 has announced the first selection of films in the Official Gulf Shorts Competition. This year has seen the highest number of entries in the festival’s run. GFF 2013 will present the best in Gulf short film-making and showcase independent films from […]
The sixth edition of the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) that runs April 11 to17 has announced the first selection of films in the Official Gulf Shorts Competition. This year has seen the highest number of entries in the festival’s run.
GFF 2013 will present the best in Gulf short film-making and showcase independent films from the Gulf’s established and emerging talent, which has grown considerably since the festival began back in 2008.
GFF’s Official Gulf Shorts Competition segment will screen a total of 35 films; 14 of which originate from the UAE and will be announced shortly.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, GFF Festival Director said, “GFF’s Official Gulf Shorts Competition is an ideal hub for filmmakers to hone their art and broaden their visibility by showcasing their latest work to peers, industry professionals and the general public. This year’s line-up represents a diverse array of talent including past contenders and filmmakers new to GFF which will give audiences an exciting overview of creativity in the region.”
Saudi filmmaker Bader Alhomoud, a winner at the inaugural GFF in the Official Gulf Students Competition, presents his latest short Scrap. The touching story focuses on a mother and daughter who live of metals scraps they collect and sell.
Double award winner in the student category at GFF 2012, Iraqi filmmaker Hashim Al-Efari returns this year to compete with some of the Gulf’s seasoned filmmakers. Bedouin Woman, documents the unity among Iraqis of different ethnic backgrounds in their struggle to save a Kurdish child after he was injured in a government clash against Kurds in 1988.
Rania M. Tawfik enters the competition with her latest film Under The Skies.
Qatari filmmaker Mohammed Al Ibrahim returns to GFF his year with his latest short Bidoon which focuses on the complications when two students from different social backgrounds fall in love and want to get married.
Newcomer to GFF Ali Al-Anssari, joins the competition with Ain (I), this complex short puts the spotlight on a tormented psycho as he recalls the moments leading up to his crime.
Independent Kuwaiti filmmaker Meqdad Al-Kout is no stranger to GFF after winning the Special Jury Prize back in 2009 for Best Director for his film Banana. His past work has screened at many festivals around the world including Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.