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Over $575,000 doled out to filmmakers in DIFF
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DUBAI: The tenth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival very nearly shut Friday evening with an awards ceremony at the emirate’s Madina Arena.

Launched in 2003, the festival has presided over competitions for Arabic-language films since 2006 and an AsiaAfrica competition since 2007.

The festival closes Saturday, Dec. 14.

“Most of our filmmakers operate outside the Hollywood and Bollywood systems,” observed DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali, “which means that they are free to experiment and take creative risks. We at DIFF are grateful to be able to support these artists financially so that they continue to show the world what they can do.”

“After ten years, we are seeing recurrent visitors, both film professionals and cinema lovers, from the region and beyond,” said DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma.

“There is a feeling that Arab cinema has ‘arrived,’” he continued, “with increasing numbers of Arab films on the world stage, winning awards at the most prestigious festivals, and gaining currency even with audiences who have never visited the region.”

The winners in the Muhr Arab competition were as follows:

Best Feature Film: Waleed Zuaiter for “Omar,” Palestine, UAE

Special Jury Prize: Nabil Ayouch for “C’est eux les Chiens” (They Are The Dogs), Morocco.

Best Director: Hany Abu Assad for “Omar,” Palestine, UAE

Special Mention: Mohammed Amin Benamraoui for “Wadaan Carmen” (Adios Carmen), Morocco, Belgium, UAE

Best Actress: Yasmine Raees for “Fatat al-Masnaa” (Factory Girl), Egypt, UAE

Best Actor: Hassan Badida for “C’est Eux Les Chiens” (They Are The Dogs), Morocco

Special Mention: Raouia for her roles in “Rock The Casbah,” Morocco, France and “Sarirou al-Assrar” (Pillow Secrets), Morocco, Qatar

Muhr Arab Documentary:

Best Film: Karim Amer for “Al Midan” (The Square), USA, Egypt

Special Jury Prize: Diala Kachmar and Carole Abboud for “Guardians Of Time Lost,” Lebanon, UAE

Best Director: Salma El Tarzi for “Ele Beheb Rabena Erfaa Edoh Lefook” (Underground On The Surface), Egypt

Special Mention: Zeina Daccache for “Scheherazade’s Diary,” Lebanon

Muhr Arab Short:

Best Film: Bavi Yassin, Nore Maatala for “De Verloren Stem” (The Lost Voice), Belgium, Iraq

Best Director: Ali Cherri for “The Disquiet” - Lebanon, France

Special Jury Prize: Haider Rashid for “The Deep” - Iraq, Italy

Special Mention: Camille Salameh for his role in “Akar” (Troubled Waters) - Lebanon

Special Mention: Ahmed Yassin for “Atfal Allah” (Children Of God) - Iraq, UK, Hungary

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature:

Best Film: Ang Hwee Sim, Anthony Chen, Wahyuni A. Hadi For “Ilo Ilo,” Singapore Muhr Arab:

Best Director: Tsai Ming Liang for “Jiao You” (Stray Dogs), Taiwan, France

Special Jury Prize: Sepehr Seifi for “Mahi Va Gorbeh” (Fish & Cat), Iran

Special Mention: Ritesh Batra for the screenplay of “Dabba” (The Lunchbox), France, Germany, India

Best Actress: Yeo Yann Yann for “Ilo Ilo,” Singapore

Best Actor: Irrfan Khan for “Dabba” (The Lunchbox), France, Germany, India Best

Special Mention: Souleymane Démé for his role in “Grigris,” France, Chad Muhr AsiaAfrica

Documentary:

Best Film: Yoshiko Hashimoto and Shigeki Kinoshita for “Matsuri No Uma” (The Horses Of Fukushima), Japan

Special Mention: Lynn Lee and James Leong for “Wukan: Minzu Zhi Guang” (Wukan: The Flame Of Democracy), Singapore

Best Director: Pin Pin Tan for “To Singapore, With Love,” Singapore

Special Jury Prize: Sara Rastegar for “Mes Souliers Rouges” (My Red Shoes), France Muhr AsiaAfrica

Short:

Best Film: Askhat Kuchinchirekov for “Benzin Bitti” (Gas Is Over) - Kazakhstan

Special Mention: Cédric Ido for “Twaaga,” Burkina Faso, France

Best Director: Sandeep Ray for: “Shirno Bahu” (Thin Arms), India

Special Jury Prize: Halla Kim for “The Way Back,” South Korea

Muhr Emirati:

Best Film: Abdullah Hasan Ahmed and Khalid Al Mahmood for “La Tkhaleeny” (Don’t Leave Me), UAE

Special Mention: Mohammad Fikree for “Girl & It,” UAE

Best Director: Muna Al Ali for “Concealment,” UAE

Special Jury Prize: Claudia Corbelli and Greg White for “Al Jaara” (The Neighbour), UAE

FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Criticss):

Best Feature: Mohammed Khan for “Fatat El Masnaa” (Factory Girl), Egypt, UAE

Best Documentary: Zeina Daccache for “Scheherazade’s Diary,” Lebanon

Best Short: Ahmed Yassin for “Atfal Allah” (Children Of God), Iraq, UK, Hungary

 
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