The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is teaming up again with the Naqsh Short Film Days (NSFD), a unique film festival in Bahrain, to showcase six prominent Emirati films to audiences at the second edition of the festival.
NSFD takes place from 26 to 28 September and the selected Emirati films, which have been previously screened at the DIFF and the Gulf Film Festival (GFF), is part of a distinctive regional programme that will give audiences the opportunity to experience the vibrancy and multi-faceted nature of Emirati cinema.
Earlier this year, select GEMS schools in Dubai participated in an inter-school pilot project called ‘Student Voice’, as part of their continuing Parental Engagement outreach. The project, done in collaboration with Canon Middle East, gave senior students the opportunity to produce short films, which captured issues relevant to teens in the UAE, in an attempt to help build awareness and bridge the gap between parents and students.
Emirati film-maker, Nayla Al Khaja helped launch the project with a visit to each of the participating schools, to speak about film-making and UAE careers in film. Canon Middle East provided enough Canon Alegria HD Camcorders for each student production team and arranged for one-day short film making workshops, conducted by the SAE Institute.
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Doha, Qatar; April 24, 2013: Doha Film Institute (DFI), Qatar’s independent cultural organisation that brings the country’s film initiatives under one umbrella, has selected four filmmakers from the GCC region for the first cycle of its ‘Hazawi Fund’ to provide financial and training support to accomplish their short film projects.
An initiative of DFI’s Gulf Film Development, which focuses on film education, training and support to emerging and established filmmakers in the region, the inaugural Hazawi Fund will finance each of the selected projects. The four filmmakers selected are: Nayla Al Khaja (UAE) for the movie ‘Three’; Shahad Ameen (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) for ‘Eye and Mermaid’; Faisal Al Duwaisan (Kuwait) for ‘A Dream’; and Ann Sobel & Aisha Al Muqla (Qatari Resident, Bahrain) for ‘Shway Shway, Shoo Shoo!’. More…
The luxury Swiss brand, TAG Heuer, launched a pioneering new ‘Celebrity Club’ for their high-end watches in the Middle East.
The exclusive club is composed of “a select group of intelligent, talented and trendy men and women who excel in their respective fields, and see every day as an opportunity to create history. They have used their avante-garde approach along with their strong personality &
panache to play by their own rules and redefine class and standards. They are the individuals who never rest and never take ‘no’ for an answer. They have all walked that extra mile to make things happen and take pride in looking at success as a journey and not a destination. The select members of the club are also men and women who capitalise on their success and fame to defend noble causes, working to make this world a better place.”
The TAG Heuer Celebrity Club 2013 includes members from the region like Ajaz Sheikh, Hadia Sinno, Hatem Alakeel, Jamal Al Sharif, Mahmoud Tannir, Lea Sednaoui, Nicole Rodrigues Larsen, Nicolas Shammas, Nayla Al Khaja, Omar Butti, Dina Butti, Shawn Stephens, Uma Ghosh Deshpande and Zeina El Dana.
Commenting on BESPOKE’s Editor-in-Chief, TAG said, “Founder & Managing Director of Bespoke International Publishing, Nicolas Shammas is a well-known personality in the publishing industry in the region. A man of class and impeccable taste recently was judged by Esquire Middle East as one of the best dressed gentlemen in the region. Nicolas launched his first magazine, BESPOKE in 2007 and has become today one of the leading magazines in the region, with well researched editorial and strategic distribution across the Middle East. The publishing house today continues to publish a number of magazines in different genres that offer incisive and relevant features on a wealth of issues.”
The tale of how Nayla Al Khaja became the United Arab Emirate’s first female independent film maker is like the script of a drama itself, filled with hidden ambition, sacrifices and heartbreak.
As a student at Dubai’s Women College, Al Khaja graduated with honors and briefly hosted a travel show on the Arabian Radio Network. But she then discovered documentary filmmaking, and realized that was where her true passion lay. “In film you can be an entrepreneur, business woman, and work with painters, artists, fashion designers, and musician,” she said.