Tropfest Arabia announces finalists

Press release
Published October 23rd, 2011 - 06:05 GMT

TROPFEST Arabia today announced the names of its 12 finalists, whose films will be competing in Abu Dhabi on November 4th 2011.

The following finalists were independently selected by TROPFEST founder John Polson and TROPFEST Arabia co-director Ahmed Helmy. The finalists were selected by the originality, quality and creativity displayed in each of the films:

Abbas Al Badri, Iraq

Ahmed Ghazal, Egypt

Fouzia Hassine, Morocco

Jassem Al Jabbouri, Iraq

­Jad Chehayeb, Lebanon

Karim Mohamed Mahmoud, Egypt

Lubna Saeed Al Amoodi, UAE

Mina Ghttas, Egypt

Mohamed Al Harethu, Oman

Mony Mahmoud, Egypt

Mohammed Sabri, Egypt

Sherif Mokbel, Egypt 

One of these films will be selected as the winner of the inaugural TROPFEST Arabia by the celebrity jury, who will watch the films for the first time live with the audience in Abu Dhabi. The jury contains some of the region’s most celebrated actors, with members coming from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the UAE.

The finalists will be competing for a variety of fantastic prizes, with the winner receiving $12,500, a trip to LA to meet top film executives, and a trip to Australia to be a judge at TROPFEST Australia; the filmmaker in second place will receive $7,500 and an internship with MBC, with third place receiving prize of $5000 and a free colour grading of a short film at twofour54’s Intaj studios.

Hosted by twofour54, TROPFEST Arabia will be held in partnership with Flash Entertainment, the host of Yasalam 2011.

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