Friday, September 16, 2011

CONTENDERS FOR SHORT FILM COMPETITION AT ADFF

Luminaris by Juan Pablo Zaramella - Argentina
Animated Short Film


Abu Dhabi Film Festival Announces Contenders in the Short Film Competition

Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 15, 2011 : The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) announced today that a total of 31 films from 23 countries are set to compete in this year’s Short Film Competition. Featuring two newly launched awards, including two of the world’s only awards for producers of short films, ADFF’s competition is a vital source of support for the short film genre.

Chosen from more than 1500 submissions from all over the world, this year’s selection includes short films by both new and established filmmakers. Five world premieres, a higher number of Middle Eastern titles than ever before and the first ever entry from Kosovo figure as some of the highlights of the shorts program.

Among the filmmakers participating in the Festival’s upcoming fifth edition (October 13-22, 2011) are a number who have been part of ADFF in previous years. Ahmad Habash, from Palestine, won a special jury mention for his film Fatenah in 2009 and returns with the international premiere of The Well (2011). Swedish directors Frida Kempff and Erik Rosenlund are also taking part in ADFF for the second time. Iranian filmmaker Seifollah Samadian is back with two films, Secrets and Tehran in Action (both 2011).

“Not so long ago, a short film was shown before every movie. This fine old habit doesn’t exist anymore since the people who own movie theaters think shorts are a waste of time. They’re wrong. Like a short story, or a short poem, a film that lasts five minutes can match the impact of one that lasts two hours. Come see some of the wonderful ‘shorts in a feature-length world’ we have chosen for you,” said Peter Scarlet, ADFF’s Executive Director.

“Making the selection for this edition’s competition was tougher than ever because of the high number of submissions. This year’s crop of films is outstanding and we were delighted by the artistic vision and accomplished cinematography exemplified by the works we have chosen from all over the world. As a programmer, you always look for filmmakers who develop their own particular point of view and cinematic language. We know that, before long, we will see many of the new talents in the selection returning with their next short or making the move to features. We added the awards for producers for the simple but important reason that short film is the ultimate training ground for new talent, including the next generation of producers,” said Alice Kharoubi, Programmer of the Short Film Competition.

Online sales of Festival and Elite passes begin on September 25, general online ticket sales begin September 28. ADFF box offices at Marina Mall and Fairmont Bab Al Bahr open October 3. Abu Dhabi Theatre Box Office opens October 13. Full screening details will be available on www.adff.ae soon.

And They Climbed the Mountain (Et ils gravirent la montagne) by Jean-Sébastien Chauvin
France
Narrative Short Film
International Premiere

Bandage (Panseman) by Omid Abdollahi
Iran
Narrative Short Film
World Premiere

The Barbarians (Les Barbares) by Jean-Gabriel Périot
France
Documentary Short Film

Bear by Nash Edgerton
Australia
Narrative Short Film

Blind Date by Nigel Davies
United Kingdom
Animated Short Film

Blue Rinse by Matt Leigh
Ireland
Documentary Short Film

Children of the Night (Les Enfants de la nuit) by Caroline Deruas
France
Narrative Short Film

Deaf Day (Yom Samt) by Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
Syria
Narrative Short Film
World Premiere

Displaced Lives (Vidas Deslocadas) by Joăo Marcelo Gomes
Brazil
Documentary Short Film

Fancy Fair by Christophe Hermans
Belgium
Narrative Short Film
International Premiere

Farewell Exile (Salam Ghourba) by Lamia Alami
Morocco
Narrative Short Film
World Premiere

Flower Seller (Baya'a El Ward) by Ihab Jadallah
Palestine
Narrative Short Film

Hinterland by Jakob Weyde, Jost Althoff
Germany
Animated Short Film

Luminaris by Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina
Animated Short Film

A Marriage (Et ekteskap) by Henning Rosenlund
Norway
Narrative Short Film
International Premiere

Mkhobbi fi Kobba by Leyla Bouzid
Tunisia, France
Narrative Short Film
International Premiere

Noise (Shor) by Neeraj Ghaywan
India
Narrative Short Film
World Premiere

Out of Erasers (Sudd) by Erik Rosenlund
Denmark, Sweden
Animated Short Film

Secrets by Seifollah Samadian
Iran
Documentary Short Film
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Short Memory by Marwan Khneisser
Lebanon
Narrative Short Film

Skateistan: To Live & Skate in Kabul by Orlando Von Einsiedel
United Kingdom
Documentary Short Film

The Skin I'm in (Piel) by Pedro Gomez Millan
Mexico, USA
Narrative Short Film
International Premiere

Something Left, Something Taken by Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter
USA
Animated Short Film

SOUL by Fatma Abdulla
UAE
Narrative Short Film
WORLD PREMIERE

Specky Four-Eyes (Cul de Bouteille) by Jean-Claude Rozec
France
Animated Short Film

Tehran in Action by Seifollah Samadian
Iran
Documentary Short Film
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Tomorrow, Algiers? (Demain, Alger?) by Amin Sidi-Boumediène
Algeria
Narrative Short Film

The Wedding Tape (Kaseta e Dasmes) by Ariel Shaban
Kosovo, Germany
Narrative Short Film

The Well by Ahmad Habash
Palestine
Narrative Short Film
International Premiere

While You Were Gone (Medan du var borta) by Frida Kempff
Sweden
Documentary Short Film

Written in Ink (Co raz zostalo zapisane) by Martin Rath
Poland
Documentary Short Film

ABOUT THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

The Short Film Competition is open to films with a running time of 35 minutes or less and invites submissions of narrative and documentary shorts from all over the world. Films in the selection compete for ADFF’s Black Pearl Awards with accompanying cash prizes ranging from US$10,000 to US$25,000. The awards, given by a jury of professionals, are Best Narrative ($25,000), Best Documentary ($25,000), Best Animation ($20,000), Best Film from the Arab World ($25,000), Best Producer ($10,000) and Best Producer from the Arab World ($10,000).

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly the Middle East International Film Festival) was established in 2007, with the aim of helping to create a vibrant film culture throughout the region. Presented each October by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the event is committed to curating exceptional programs to engage and educate the local community, inspire filmmakers and nurture the growth of the regional film industry.

With its commitment to presenting works by Arab filmmakers in competition alongside those by major talents of world cinema, the Festival offers Abu Dhabi’s diverse and enthusiastic audiences a means of engaging with their own and others’ cultures through the art of cinema. At the same time, a strong focus on the bold new voices of Arab cinema connects with Abu Dhabi’s role as a burgeoning cultural capital in the region and marks the Festival as a place for the world to discover and gauge the pulse of recent Arab filmmaking.

ADFF 2011 is made possible in part through the generous support of its partners: MAKE UP FOR EVER (Principal Partner); Jaeger-LeCoultre and Emirates Motor Company/Mercedes-Benz (Major Partners); Etihad Airways, VOX Cinemas, TwoFour54, YahLive, Blackberry and Abu Dhabi Media (Official Partners); CNN, Radio 1, Radio 2, OSN, MUBI, Synaxis Media and Variety (Media Partners) and Masdar (Our World Partner).