3 Emiratis make it to Arab Film Studio final

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3 Emiratis make it to Arab Film Studio final

Fakhrah, Ali Al Marzouqi and Shahad Al Shehhi will be joined by three other finalists to attend the award’s ceremony to be held during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 16 Oct 2014, 11:28 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

Fakhrah Abdullah is one of the three Emirati filmmakers who have reached the final of Arab Film Studio

Fakhrah Abdullah may be a mother of seven, but it didn’t stop her following her dream, and her dedication has just paid off. She is one of the three Emirati filmmakers who have reached the final of Arab Film Studio, which is the Image Nation’s and twofour54’s amateur film competition.

For the first time in the competition’s history, the three Emiratis — Fakhrah, Ali Al Marzouqi and Shahad Al Shehhi — will be joined by three other finalists — Maryam Al Abbad from Kuwait, Mohamed Magdy from Egypt and Salman Ahmad from the UK — to attend the award’s ceremony to be held during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival which is being held from October 23 to November 1.

Fakhrah, 34, from Fujairah, made it to the finals for her film The Last Petal, which tells the story of a child that ends up wheelchair bound after an accident. His mum tricks him into believing he will recover, despite the chances of this being slight. After many years, he is still not able to walk, but finally realises that his mum played a vital role in him having a happy life full of hope.

“I am overwhelmed at the news that my film has been selected as one of the final six. It’s been an incredible few months learning from industry experts and getting a behind-the-scenes, up-close look at the film industry. I’m lucky to even get this far in the competition, winning would just be the cherry on top,” said Fakhrah.

Arab cinema in perspective

abu dhabi — Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has announced that the 2014 edition of its ‘ADFF Talks Film’ programme will comprise master classes and panel discussions on topics ranging from film preservation, crowdfunding campaigns, international acting techniques, Arab diaspora filmmaking, international co-productions, and short film marketing.

As an annual component of the festival, ADFF Talks Film offers accredited professionals and the public access to panel discussions on topics that impact Arab cinema and the global film industry. The programme also provides up, close and personal conversations with key industry players and film talent.

Ali Al Jabri, Festival Director, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, said: “An important part of our work is creating connections between local film talent and the wider industry. ADFF Talks Film provides film buffs, students and filmmakers with a rare chance to interact with leading filmmakers and actors on a range of issues spanning the colourful world of cinema.”

ADFF Talks Film will begin on October 24 with ‘In conversation with Rachid Bouchareb’. Bouchareb will unfold his journey in the filmmaking industry which won him three Oscar nominations for his films Dust of Life (1995), Days of Glory (2006) and Outside the Law (2010).

A panel discussion named “Lets Work Together” on October 25 will witness directors and producers from Europe, Canada and the Arab world analysing whether Arab filmmakers should opt for international co-productions and collaborations to gain global success.

ADFF Talks Film’s agenda on October 26 will include a panel discussion on “Moving Beyond the Arab World” while the next day will see a panel discussion “The Soul Yearns for a Home – Film Making from Arab Diaspora” completing ADFF’s special programme ‘The Arab Diaspora’.

ADFF Talks Film will wrap up with an interactive workshop on “Pitching to the Masses” on October 28. —Wam

Six awards will be given out during the ceremony, on October 30, including the Best Film, which comes with a Dh50,000 prize fund and a chance to work with Image Nation on future projects.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation, claims the new partnership with the ADFF is great for the six finalists, as they get the chance to screen their films in front of film industry professionals.

“Arab Film Studio is one of my favourite events of the year — it’s a chance for the UAE to see the next generation of filmmakers and this year we have some well-deserved finalists,” he added.

Last year, Sara Saber from Egypt won the top prize and has gone on to screen her final film, In Her Eyes, at festivals around the world, including the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco. — silvia@khaleejtimes.com



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