The 9th Annual Zayed University Film Festival

Feb 22,2018

There is just four days and counting until the 9th Annual Zayed University Film Festival comes to Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi. The doors will open at 6.30 pm on 26th February, and the last day will conclude on 28th February. The festival is free to attend and open to all, but you do need to register your attendance.

For the first two evening's five competitor films will be screened from 7 pm, followed by a Q&A session with some of the filmmakers. Finally, on the 28th February, the award ceremony will take place revealing the winners. There are eight awards categories: Best of Best, Best Narration, Best Animation, twofour 54 Emerging Filmmaker, Bin Hamoodah Chevrolet Year of Zayed, Happiness, Positivity & Tolerance, and Best Audio Documentary Award. From 195 submissions the competitors have been whittled down to just 15 finalists.

Prizes up for grabs are Yas Mall vouchers ranging from 1,000 AED to 4,000 AED. Plus, the winner of the Bin Hamoodah award will receive 10,000 AED to donate to a good cause. The winner of the twofour 54 Emerging filmmaker award will receive 3 days use of professional equipment, and 2 days in the twofour 54 editing studio with a professional in-house editor.

After the award ceremony, the audience will be treated to a talk with L.A's John Butcher on Virtual Reality and the Future of Film, including a Q&A session.

The narrative films to be shown reflect changing dialogues across the region, featuring a wealth of characters: From Hamoody the impoverished teenager with a dream to Jamil in rehab because of social media addiction, to Khalifa trying to hide his half-Filipino identity from his peers. The collection promises a myriad of journeys for the viewers.

The documentary finalists explore local and worldly subjects: From the wreck of Lebanon to the Swiss language Romansch, to BitCoin demystification, to the experiences of families visiting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli Occupation prisons. The films promise to educate, question and reveal.

The animation finalists offer some beautiful short's tackling a variety of subjects and animation styles. From the Halfway animation which attempts to visualize a family's state of being stuck, to the fun Unfinished Tales: Carnival where a gravedigger tries to entertain his son, there will be moments of laughter, and moments to reflect.

Lastly, the audio documentaries explore a woman's difficult first pregnancy, the stories of Egyptian survivors of online blackmail, and the cultural phenomena in Egypt which sees everyone obsessed with their neighbors.

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