Sharjah University Film Festival kicks off at the UoS

  • Monday 09, December 2019 12:36 PM
  • Sharjah University Film Festival kicks off at the UoS
Sharjah24: In the attendance of His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah (UoS), the First Sharjah University Film Festival events kick off at the University of Sharjah, which is organised by the University’s College of Communication. It aims to provide a great opportunity and a strong start for media students in the UAE and Arab universities to present their ideas and creative perceptions following high-quality standards that qualify them to enter the field of participation in formulating film messages committed to the Arab media scene and its future.
65 different artworks were presented to participate in the festival, including documentary and drama films from 8 universities inside the country and 18 universities from Arab countries.

In his speech during the opening ceremony, the Chancellor welcomed the attendees at the University of Sharjah, which he affirmed was able within a relatively short period of time to achieve advanced local, Arab, regional and global records under the patronage, supervision and direction of its President, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. He moved on to welcome the symbols of Emirati art, who have influenced the artistic life of the United Arab Emirates and had clear and solid artistic imprints on the march of art not only at the local level, but also at the regional and Arab levels.

The First University Film Festival, he continued, comes as another pillar of the pillars of civilisational and global excellence of the UAE. He added that it is also a great opportunity to extend the sincerest thanks with the highest sense of gratitude for the unlimited support provided by Sharjah Media City, Sharjah Broadcast Authority, and the Sharjah Government Media Bureau for the success of this Festival, which expresses the role of the University of Sharjah towards the surrounding community in helping university talents in all areas of artistic production. This is within the framework of the University's appreciation of the great and desired role that media plays in light of the development of communication and media technologies and their means and their impact at all levels.

In his speech, Dr. Essam Nasr, Acting Dean of the College of Communication, affirmed that this festival, in which we celebrate creativity and purposeful art, is in the midst of our celebrations of the 48th National Day of the United Arab Emirates. It offers a platform for artists to meet and move forward towards building responsible and creative media. He then praised the level of artwork presented, and the full transparency and impartiality of the jury, which included distinguished names.

This was followed by the announcement of the festival's award winners: in first place in the documentary film category (The Challenge) was a winner from Duhok University in Iraq; and the second place in the same category, the movie (People in Wadi) from the Canadian University of Al-Ahram in Egypt; and the third place (Film Wadi Al-Saaydah) from the College of Communication at Cairo University, and the third place in repetition the movie (Baby Mary) from Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman. Winning the prize for the first jury film (Shadows) from the Canadian Higher Institute in Egypt, and the second jury prize for the film (Sharjah Forum of Civilisations) from the University of Sharjah, and the third jury award he movie (Prince Muhammad Ali) from the Naval Academy in Egypt.

In the category of a short drama movie, winning first place was (Faces 7) from the Middle East University in Jordan, and in the second place (Amin) from the Canadian University of Al-Ahram in Egypt, and in the third place (Lana and Noor) won from Ajman University. The movie (The Way of Destiny) from the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah won the Special Jury Prize.

Among the Festival's events, a number of Emirati art symbols were also honored, namely the artist Dr. Habib Ghuloom, Emirati director and actor; the Emirati artist Aisha Abdul Rahman; Emirati artist Abdullah Bu Abed; Emirati director Lt. Col. Hani Al-Shaibani; Mr. Abdullah Al-Junibi, an Emirati actor and director; the artist Mansour Al-Fili; amd Mr. Amer Salmin Al-Marri, Emirati director and writer. On the sidelines of the Festival, an exhibition for graduation projects for mass communication students was inaugurated, honoring the sponsors, which are the Sharjah Media City "Shams", the Sharjah Broadcast Authority, and the Sharjah Government Media Bureau.