Six UAE film makers selected in contest

DUBAI — Six out of the 758 entries have been chosen winners of the country-wide film-making contest organised by the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 19 Apr 2007, 8:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:42 AM

A total of 57 films were short-listed from the entries before the final elimination round began. Of the 57, six finally made it to the top.

Titled ‘Tourism in My Country’, the contest was launched last year in a bid to encourage young local students to express their creativity in showcasing the country’s tourism attractions.

The winners were honoured at a ceremony held at the Emirates Aviation Training College yesterday.

Jamal Al Hai, Director of Strategy and Management Excellence at DCA and Mohammed Juma bin Hindi, Assistant Under Secretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the MoE, attended the ceremony on behalf of the Minister of Education, Dr. Hanif Hassan. They were accompanied by senior officials from the ministry.

Addressing the gathering, Al Hai said: “I am proud of the creative talent displayed by the young participants. It assures us that the future of the art of film-making and documentaries is bright in the UAE.”

Al Hai urged the participants to keep performing at their full potential, both in academics as well as in extra-curricular activities.

Since its launch in 2006, the contest has received overwhelming response from the students of UAE government schools.

“The first prize winning entry depicts UAE national children getting in touch with a youngster from a foreign country through a web site and introducing him to the tourist attractions in the UAE. The film covers everything, from the airport to the museums, and from the shopping malls to the beaches. It concludes with the foreign kid dreaming about visiting the tourist spots in the UAE,” Al Hai added.

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