Thank you and I hope that we can see more dynamic women excelling in the Film Business.
The gender gap in the UAE has narrowed in the past year, a worldwide study shows.
The Global Gender Gap 2014 compiled by the World Economic Forum gave the UAE a score of 0.64 – where 0 is total inequality and 1 is total equality – compared with 0.63 last year.
The report found the UAE ranked high in education and literacy levels for women, and with their average wages.
Saudi director Shahad Ameen took home the top prize for short narrative in the Emirates Film Competition last night for her film about a girl living in a coastal Arabian village.
The reaction to Eye & Mermaid, a 14-minute Arabic-language film telling the story of a 10-year-old girl named Hanan, surprised Ameen.
“My film is a magical-realist film, so I never thought it would get around in the Gulf region, but it did and people actually accepted it,” said Ameen.
Thomas Hines, cinematographer for Eye & Mermaid, won the prize for best cinematography for its stunning imagery, precise composition and excellent use of natural light that showed “beautifully constructed pictures of the world through a little girl’s eyes”, the judges said.
Nayla Al Khaja won the prize for best Emirati film for The Neighbour, about a British woman who moves to Dubai following a tragedy and the elderly Emirati neighbour she meets.
by Chris Newbould
Samsung and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) are teaming up to give one lucky filmmaker the chance to attend next year’s Cannes International Film Festival, where their film will be screened at the Short Film Corner.
The Samsung Short Film Contest will put contestants through an intense one-day filmmaking workshop under the tutelage of the top Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja – whose short film The Neighbour won the Muhr Emirati Special Jury Prize at last year’s DIFF – after which they will make a short film that will be judged at December’s DIFF. There will be Samsung equipment as prizes for the runners-up.
This isn’t the only short film competition in the UAE, but Al Khaja explains that it is a little different to the others.
One lucky winner will win a trip to the 68th Cannes Film Festival where their film will be showcased in The Short Film Corner
Dubai – Samsung Gulf Electronics and Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the launch of Samsung’s Short Film Contest; an exciting initiative to stimulate the creativity of aspiring filmmakers across the UAE, and one that will provide one lucky winner with a platform to help launch their career.
Individuals passionate about film making are invited to enter the contest by submitting a film of any length, genres or styles to www.diff.ae/samsung-contest.A judging panel will then shortlist a pool of talented participants to go and create a short film under the guidance of Emirati filmmaker, Nayla Al Khaja. Samsung will also be providing product support, as the shortlisted participants will be required to shoot their short film on a Samsung device.
The UAE’s first female Emirati film director on the ups and downs of the job and her next big project.
It’s summertime in Dubai, and the scorching hot streets of Media City are pretty much empty. But for many like Nayla Al Khaja, this quiet period is an ideal time to plan upcoming projects. Fast forward to the lead up to the film festival season and her schedule is beyond hectic. The founder of D-Seven Motion Pictures is currently working on her next film. It’s a touching tale of an Emirati mother and son and is set to take place in Sharjah. She spends much of her time liaising with local authorities, freelancers and advertisers.
How Blue Cactus Films produced Maggi Diaries, an ambitious online series for Nestlé Middle East
The fragmented nature of broadcast and advertising platforms across the Arab world presents marketers and advertisers with something of a conundrum when it comes to devising campaigns to reach people across the region. But it’s also a challenge that increasingly has an answer in platforms such as Youtube and social media, which if used in the correct way, can offer a powerful medium for connecting with customers.
Enter Nestlé Middle East, producer of Maggi bouillon stock cubes, which launched a digital ‘webisode’ campaign on Youtube in May. The series, Maggi Diaries, consisted of 16 episodes documenting the journey of four Arab women as they travelled through Oman, UAE, Jordan and Morocco, cooking up traditional dishes for local people as they went.