Cairo Film Festival’s short films now eligible for Oscars

The Cairo International Film Festival has been awarded Oscar-qualifying status. AFP
Updated 26 November 2019

Cairo Film Festival’s short films now eligible for Oscars

  • The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has made the CIFF an Oscar-qualifying film festival
  • The film festival’s shorts will be eligible to compete at the 2021 Oscars alongside films from other international festivals

DUBAI: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the governing body that organizes the Oscars, has awarded the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) Oscar-qualifying film festival status in the Short Film category.

 CIFF took to Instagram to announce the news on Sunday, writing: “It’s a Golden Edition! The Cairo International Film Festival becomes an Oscar-qualifying festival. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded CIFF OSCAR qualifying film festival in the Short Film Category status.”

This means that the nine-day-long film festival’s short films will be eligible to compete at the 2021 Oscars alongside films from other international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Venice.

Indeed, it’s time for films from the Middle East and North Africa to get recognition.

The 41st edition of the festival, which kicked off on Nov. 20 and is running until Nov. 29, is showcasing a number of thought-provoking short films, including Saudi Arabian comedic short “Dunya’s Day,” which was directed by Raed Alsemari and follows a young woman named Dunya from Riyadh whose perfect graduation party is set back when her domestic help, fed up with her antics, takes off just hours before her guests are anticipated to arrive.

Also showing is a 21-minute Lebanese short directed by Samir Syriani entitled “Contact” that explores the horrors of war and the refugee crisis, in addition to Wisam Al-Jafari’s “Ambience,” a Palestinian film that tells the story of two friends who are trying to record a music video for a competition. 


Saudi radio star Big Hass teams up with Dubai Media City to shine a light on regional talent

Updated 26 September 2020

Saudi radio star Big Hass teams up with Dubai Media City to shine a light on regional talent

DUBAI: Regional music personality and radio host Hass “Big Hass” Dennaoui has teamed up with Dubai Media City (DMC) to launch a new live show dedicated to shining a light on the Gulf’s promising music talents.

Titled “DMC Amplify,” the first episode of the digital show will premiere on Oct. 2. Big Hass will be joined in the first session by up-and-coming Saudi rapper Molham, who will set the stage for a string of local artists, musicians and poets who will sit down with the radio host for hard-hitting talks and performances that will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"أكثر شيء أحبه لما تنادي اسمي"

A post shared by Molham | مُلهَم (@molham) on

“We all have a duty to support and amplify the noise around local artists and that’s why our collaboration is so important,” said Big Hass in a statement. “This exciting new series will bring together amazing people with real stories to share about their struggles and successes. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Echoing his statement, Majed Al-Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, added: “Shining a light on promising new artists breaking through the region’s multibillion-dollar creative industry is something that everyone in our community cares strongly about. For close to two decades, we’ve endeavoured to showcase emerging talent and provide a platform for them to reach a bigger audience through an action-packed roster of annual events. DMC Amplify is a natural extension of this and we’re delighted to see it take flight.”