The Arab Short Film Festival concluded its activities at Zoukak Studio.
The winning films were from Lebanon and Palestine
The Palestinian film Al-Obour by Amin Nayfa won the Jury Prize and the movie Sunken Man by the Palestinian Mahdi Fleifel won the prize for the Best Short Feature Film.
The Beginning of the End by Lebanese Leonardo Basil won the prize for the Best Short Documentary.
Eclipse by Lebanese Gabi Daher and My Food Fish by Lebanese Mark Salama shared the award for Best Student Film.
As for the Audience Award, it went to the movie 14 by Lebanese Elias Freiver.
14.5 mm by Syrian-Lebanese Safa and Israa Maqdah, won a Special Mention from the jury.
The awards were presented by members of the jury consisting of the director of the Ismaili International Festival, Essam Zakaria, the Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji, Lebanese Director of Photography Mauriel Abu Al-Rus, Lebanese director Asad Fouladkar and Lebanese actress Julia Kassar.
The awards announcement was followed by a concert by the Flowers group, which was founded by the Work for Hope Foundation, directed by Basma Al-Hussaini. It was also followed by a concert for singer Sandy Chamoun and her band.
The director of Nadi Lekol Nas, Naja Al-Ashkar said that the festival this year had a variety of attendees and films, and established the presence of Arab films on the Lebanese scene.
Actress Yara Bou Nassar gave a speech in which she explained that Nadi Lekol Nas was able to archive the works of Lebanese and Arab artists and such as the ones of Maroun Baghdadi, Borhane Alawiya, Mohamad Malas, Christian Ghazi, George Nasr, Jean Chamoun, Mai Masri and Heiny Sorour. He is currently working on archiving the creations of the poet Omar Zaani, and publishing them with books and CDs.
Bou Nassar also said that the Short Arab Film Festival, which is considered the first activity of the club, and which started as a short film festival for local students, also completes its 15th year, and it was also a little able to provide an opportunity for young people to show their talents to a wide audience.
She considered the festival to be a success because it simply managed to reach a new audience and gather its old audience within a space that also imposed itself in the alternative cultural scene, which is Zoukak Studio.
The festival’s activities this year included (in addition to the film screenings), an exhibition of Arabic and foreign short films posters and free specialized lessons directed by Lebanese director Mauriel Abu Al-Rus and Iraqi director Mohammed Al-Daradji.
30 films participated in the festival, 17 from Lebanon and 13 from Arab countries: Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.