Despite having won many awards, Nayla Al Khaja feels that her greatest achievement lies in the impact she has had on the younger generation in the UAE.
Al Khaja, an acclaimed Emirati director, producer and screenwriter, constantly receives emails from girls between the ages of 10 and 16, pleading that she meet their parents to convince them that studying film is a good career path.
“It’s one of the greatest achievements to be able to impact young girls’ choices in careers, to stand up and push boundaries, to do what they really want,” said Al Khaja, who launched the UAE’s first independent film club in 2007.
“We launched The Scene Club with just over 50 members and now have about 9,000,” she said. “The club brings people together, locals and expats, promoting understanding and melting down stereotypes.” More…
The Dutch winner of the inaugural Samsung Short Film Contest, presented in partnership with the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi and Diff, will have his short film screened at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.
Philip Rashid, known to many local film fans thanks to his role as choreographer in Hana Makki’s autism documentary, As One, won the prize for his short Happy Birthday following a screening of all 15 films in contention for the prize at JBR’s The Beach cinema on Friday, December 12. More…
Calling all aspiring filmmakers. If you are a UAE resident and have a unique story to share about Dubai, you could get your short film showcased at the 68th Cannes Film Festival’s Short Films corner. It gets better: the shortlisted nominees will also be mentored by filmmakers including Ali F Mostafa of From A To B fame, director Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammad Saeed Harib, known for the Freej animated series.
The competition, The Reel Dubai, will be held in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Samsung. More…
Dubai // The 11th Dubai International Film Festival opened on Wednesday amid a flurry of celebrity activity on the red carpet for the opening film, the regional gala premiere of The Theory of Everything, James Marsh’s critically-acclaimed biopic of the British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
Top of the celebrity billing was IWC judging panel chief, the British actress Emily Blunt; former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, who was attending the premiere of her new movie, The Water Diviner directed by Russell Crowe; acclaimed American director and Muhr Features jury president, the Oscar-winning producer Lee Daniels, and Bourne Identity star and Game of Thrones newcomer, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
One of 15 aspiring filmmakers will get a chance to travel to Cannes Film Festival
Filmmakers in the UAE who took part in a Short Film Contest organised by a well-known brand will get to see the fruits of their labour on the big screen during the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff).
Fifteen films by shortlisted directors who participated in the Samsung Shrt Flm Cntst will be shown to the public on December 12 at The Beach at JBR. The event, starting at 6pm, is free to attend.
Earlier in the year, participants were asked to create short films using Samsung products. Shortlisted candidates were then mentored by Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja. The final 15 to be screened on December 12 were selected by officials from Diff as well as the New York Film Academy, along with Nayla.
Scoring a first in their fields, these Emirati women thank the rulers and want to inspire others
They symbolise the synergy between their country, the UAE — that empowers them to be achievers — and their personal goals that goad them on to participate in nation building. Driven by their passion to excel and be trailblazers, these Emirati women are the face of the modern UAE. On the occasion of the 43rd UAE National Day, Gulf News profiles Emirati women who have ventured into fields previously not considered a career choice for women. And in doing so, they have proved that no goal is beyond the reach of perseverance and hard work.