Striking silver in Dubai Film Festival awards

11 years

Loud applause greeted Sharjah Women’s College media student Shaika Thani as she walked down the red carpet at the Madinat Jumeira on 15 December 2007 to accept her silver statue in the Nokia MBC2’s Movies for Motion competition for her short movie, Don’t Be Alone.

It was a magnificent effort by Shaika who was narrowly pipped for the gold statue by a more experienced movie student from the American University in Dubai.

Sharjah Women’s College (SWC) has had some outstanding talent on show in the national Nokia – MBC2’s Movies in Motion Competition with two other SWC students among the finalists.  The other two finalists were Najla Khalfan in 12H1APM and Muna Abdelrahman in 12H3APM.

The competition was also part of the Dubai International Film Festival and supports the development of new talent. All SWC three students were placed as finalists in the judging.

The aim of the short film competition is to stimulate interest in the arts and film industry and to offer young Emiratis an opportunity to show off their creative skills by producing a short film.

Faculty adviser/coordinator Brad Moody assisted the students with their final project and was impressed but unsurprised by their success.

“The standard of work was of a high standard and the students showed great enthusiasm for this competition. I am very happy for them and I am even happier that Sharjah Women’s College fared so well in this national competition against some stiff competition,” Mr Moody said.

Waleed Al Shehhi, Student Services coordinator at Ras Al Khaimah Men’s College was also awarded at the Dubai International Film Festival, taking home the Silver Muhr Award in the Short Film category for his film The Water Guard.

The prize was presented to him by renowned German director, Margarethe von Trotta, one of the 2007 DIFF Jury members. The Water Guard isan 11-minutes short film and focuses on the universal experience of childbirth.  It is one of only two Emirati films selected for this year’s competition, out of over 150 films made in the Arab world.