Effat film festival to feature leading media figures

Effat University’s Showreel program is the university’s celebration of movies made by its female students and graduates.
Updated 03 April 2019

Effat film festival to feature leading media figures

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Effat University has launched its sixth annual Showreel program. With the slogan “The World Through Their Eyes,” Showreel is the university’s celebration of movies made by its female students and graduates from the Visual and Digital Production (VDP) Department, which is the first in the Kingdom to teach filmmaking.

The opening ceremony will be held on Thursday (April 4) under the patronage of Princess Lolowah Al-Faisal, vice president of the board of trustees and general supervisor of Effat University.

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University, said: “We began working in this area six years ago and made efforts at the highest standards in order to become pioneers in teaching filmmaking in the Kingdom. We thank God that our efforts have been productive and that Saudi society has reacted positively to Saudi filmmaking.”

Osama Haykal, former Egyptian media minister and president of the Egyptian Media Production City, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be opened by actress Fatima Al-Banawi, an Effat graduate.

The guests of honor will be actress Maryam Al-Ghamdi from Saudi Arabia, film director Nawaf Al-Janahi from the UAE, Fatima Al-Husainan from the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature in Kuwait, producer Sam Lahoud from Lebanon, Egyptian film critic Tarek Al-Shinnawi, Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzi, and Abdulrahman Lahi, a Mauritanian producer and president of the council of the Cultural Resource Institution. 

The event will come at the conclusion of a week packed with public workshops presented by Effat University students at the Effat Library. 

The festival will begin with workshops by Richard Litvin, American producer and professor at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, which has been in academic partnership with Effat University since 2016. 

The following workshops will be held: Screenwriting by Bahraini producer Bassam Al-Thawadi; Production, Financing and Distribution in Film Making by Sam Lahoud; and Cultural Management and Innovative Marketing by Abdulrahman Lahi.

A seminar entitled ‘The Art of Watching Films’ will be presented by Tarek Al-Shinnawi, in addition to a lecture on Kuwaiti cinema by Fatima Al-Husainan as well as a workshop on producing a creative vision by Nawaf Al-Janahi.

The festival will also include a seminar for his new book “From Makkah to Cannes” by Lebanese critic Ibrahim Al-Aris. The book deals with the movies of Saudi producer Abdullah Al-Mohaisen.

The Visual and Digital Production Department at Effat University was established in 2013 and became the first and only one in the Kingdom after being approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. The program is in collaboration with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and was further developed with the support of the New York Arts and Film School. 

The visual and digital production department at Effat University includes film production, animation, screenwriting, and interactive media.


A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

Some of the projects at Global Grad Show held last week in Dubai correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Updated 19 November 2019

A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

A one-of-a-kind exhibition, showcasing graduate projects from more than 100 universities from 43 countries, in the fields of design, science, technology and engineering, was held last week in Dubai.
Held in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai, Global Grad Show opened its 5th and most diverse edition to date on Nov. 12 and ran until Nov. 16.
New entrants include established names such as Columbia University, Goldsmiths and the University of Pennsylvania, alongside leading universities from countries participating for the first time, including Colombia, Kuwait and the Philippines.
Global Grad Show is a significant component of Dubai Design Week, which is held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Earlier this year, Global Grad Show was named as a key initiative under the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s plan to evolve Dubai into a global hub for culture and innovation.
Sheikha Latifa said: “This initiative is at the heart of Dubai’s vision to create a brighter future for all people through progress and innovation. Global Grad Show is a call to action for government and private entities to revisit their challenges and needs in response to current socioeconomic issues. I encourage all entities to engage with the students and collaborate to bring their ideas to life.”

HIGHLIGHT

This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.

Mohammed I. Al-Shaibani, executive director and chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai, said: “With each year of Investment Corporation of Dubai’s participation at Global Grad Show, we have witnessed ever greater enthusiasm and interest from the international cultural, creative, and intellectual communities. This reception is a true endorsement to the calibre that the Global Grad Show has developed over its five years.”
Under the curation of Eleanor Watson, Global Grad Show explores how innovation can impact our lives through different spheres: The Human, The Home, The Community, The City and The Planet. Some of the projects correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Ranging from high-tech to low-tech solutions, highlight projects in the 2019 exhibition include: “Swiv,” a toothbrush for children with cognitive disabilities, allowing them to clean their teeth with a single physical motion; “Jarvis,” a mixed reality headset, enabling doctors to accurately measure the brain’s response to distractions or activities when conducting cognitive tests for severe head trauma, pharmaceutical efficacy and ADHD; and “Ro-Biotics,” a microscopic robot created from 4D printed materials to be ingested in the place of an antibiotic, which captures infections in the blood stream.
This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.