Nayla wins British screen entrepreneur award

DUBAI — Nayla Al Khaja, the UAE’s first female film producer and director, was awarded the British Council’s International Young Screen Entrepreneur Award 2010 during a ceremony held at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London.

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Published: Fri 29 Oct 2010, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:36 PM

The jury commended Nayla as “a real leader in a truly difficult market”, citing her confidence and passion, and that she is a “role model for others who can affect change for women in film and TV in the UAE and across the region”.

After winning the national competition in the UAE back in August, Nayla, along with ten other finalists from across the globe, travelled to the UK early this month to compete for the international title.

Finalists were presented with a productive programme of meetings in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee and Middlesbrough to build their understanding of the UK film, TV and interactive industry.

Michel Bechara, assistant director of the British Council Dubai, said, “Nayla is a true entrepreneur and has rightly represented the UAE film sector in an international platform. She is a worthy winner who has played a significant role in the progression of the screen sector in the UAE. The British Council is also grateful to the local jury members — Shivani Pandya, Greg Unrau, Salwa Mikdadi and Ali Jamal — who helped in nominating the best candidate to represent the UAE in the international arena.”

Nayla, who also owns and runs the production company D-SEVEN Motion Pictures has previously won the ‘Best Emirati Filmmaker’ award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2007 wand ‘Emirates Woman of the Year’ in 2005.

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