GFF announces script jury

THE GULF FILM Festival has announced the jury for the Script Competition for Emirati Short Films, which will award a total of Dhs120,000 towards promising film projects by UAE Nationals.

Mahmoud Abou Al Abbas, Amin Saleh, and Ibrahim Mubarak will select the recipients of the First, Second and Third prizes, of Dhs50,000, 40,000 and 30,000, respectively.

Mahmoud Abou Al Abbas is an Iraqi theatre director, actor, writer and author who is now based in Sharjah and heads the Dibba Theatre in Fujairah. In addition, he is the Art Director of the Children’s Theatre Festival in Sharjah, and the Al Ain Theatre Festival.

Based in Bahrain, Amin Saleh has written short stories, poetry and works for the theatre, and also wrote the first Bahraini feature, The Barrier. He has published extensively on the theatre, and has written numerous television programmes.

Ibrahim Mubarak is an Emirati writer who has published many short stories and is an authority on the literary output of the Emirates. He remains devoted to Emirati identity and preserving the cultural legacy of the traditional Emirati way of life.

The script competition fulfills a core mandate of the Gulf Film Festival of nurturing filmmaking talent from the GCC region.

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