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Omar, Ilo Ilo win top prizes at Diff

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Omar, Ilo Ilo win top prizes at Diff
Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar won best film in the Muhr Arab feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (Diff), while Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo won best film in the Muhr AsiaAfrica section.

Abu-Assad also won best director in the Arab feature section, while Yasmine Raees won best actress for Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl. Best actor went to Hassan Badida for Moroccan filmmaker Hicham Lasri’s They Are The Dogs, which also picked up the Special Jury Prize.

Special Mentions went to Mohamed Amin Benamraoui for Adios Carmen and to Moroccan actress Raouia for her roles in Rock The Casbah and Pillow Secrets.

Ilo Ilo was also a multiple prize-winner, adding to an already weighty awards stash, by taking best actress for Yeo Yann Yann’s performance. Best actor in the AsiaAfrica section went to Irrfan Khan for his role in Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, which also won
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Irrfan wins best actor award for Lunchbox at Dubai Film Fest

Irrfan wins best actor award for Lunchbox at Dubai Film Fest
Sandeep Ray won best director award for his short Shirno Bahu (Thin Arms)

Irrfan Khan won best actor award for his role in Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox”. The film also won the writer-director a special mention for screenplay in the Muhr Asia Africa category. The jury was headed by Shekhar Kapoor.

Sandeep Ray’s short film “Shirno Bahu” (Thin Arms) won him the best director award in the Muhr Asia Africa shorts category.

“Shirno Bahu” tells the story of an octogenarian woman who undergoes treatment for a debilitating medical condition. The 10 minute film is in Bengali language.

Actor-producer Sanjay Suri was a part of Arab competition jury.

The Lunchbox” also won two Asia Pacific Screen Awards recently.

Full list of awards at Dubai International Film Festival:

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature:

Special Mention: Souleymane Démé for his role in Grigris(France, Chad)

Special Mention: Ritesh Batra for the screenplay of The Lunchbox
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Filmi financing Martyr, Dolphins

Filmi financing Martyr, Dolphins
Dubai-based film funding initiative Filmi is financing Emirati animated feature Martyr Of The Flag and Waleed Al Shehhi’s Iwc Filmmaker Award winner Dolphins.

A part of government organisation Watani, Filmi was launched in May this year to promote the cultural identity and social values of the UAE through films.

Currently in post-production, Martyr Of The Flag revolves around Salim Suhail, the first martyr of the UAE who was killed by Iranian military for refusing to lower the flag of the Emirates in 1971.

The film is being directed by Mohammad Fikree, whose short film Girl & It is part of Muhr Emirati competition at this year’s Diff.

Principal photography on Dolphins starts in January 2014 and the film is expected to be ready for the next edition of Diff.

Filmi fully financed four films that are premiering in this year’s Muhr Emirati Competition – Nugoom Al-Ghanem’s documentary Red Blue Yellow and three short films: Muna Al Ali’s Concealment
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Filmi throws weight behind Martyr, Dolphins

Filmi throws weight behind Martyr, Dolphins
Dubai-based film funding initiative Filmi is financing Emirati animated feature Martyr Of The Flag and Waleed Al Shehhi’s Iwc Filmmaker Award winner Dolphins.

A part of government organisation Watani, Filmi was launched in May this year to promote the cultural identity and social values of the UAE through films.

Currently in post-production, Martyr Of The Flag revolves around Salim Suhail, the first martyr of the UAE who was killed by Iranian military for refusing to lower the flag of the Emirates in 1971. The film is being directed by Mohammad Fikree, whose short film Girl & It is part of Muhr Emirati competition at this year’s Diff.

Principal photography on Dolphins starts in January 2014 and the film is expected to be ready for the next edition of Diff.

Filmi fully financed four films that are premiering in this year’s Muhr Emirati Competition – Nugoom Al-Ghanem’s documentary Red Blue Yellow and three short films: Muna Al Ali’s Concealment
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