Applied Media students at the HCT-Fujairah Women’s College (FWC) are riding a wave of success after their narrative and short films have been screened at international film festivals in three continents.
After a successful screening at a student-based film festival in Manchester, UK the students had the opportunity to show their films at the Dimensions Art Centre (DAC) in Chongqing China, in May 2016.
That opportunity came after an invitation by Mr Zeng Tu, DAC director, to screen poem-based films and the students’ videos at a dedicated exhibition space within the centre.
At the end of June 2016 students also had the honour of having their films screened at a variety of venues in Zimbabwe, including the TIFAZ 2016 at Mutare Polytechnic, which was officiated by Dr Ambassador Machiwenyika-Mapuranga, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
The films were also screened in Harare at the “Theatre in the Park” event and in Acardia Township to prospective filmmakers and their teachers, including David Dzatsunga, who is well known for his theatre and film work.
The following films, made by Semester-7 students, were featured at the film festivals:
- Destiny’s Game by Fatmah Mohamed, Haleimah Obaid, Khaseibah Abdulla and Khawlah Ateiq
- Take Note by Halah Mohamed, Maithah Ali, Mariam Jasim, Nouf Sulaiman and Shamsa Rashed
- The Fruit of Goodness by Fatima Rashid, Fatmah Abdulla, Kholoud Saeed and Reim Abdulla
The following films, made by Semester-5 students in the Introduction to short video course, were featured at the film festivals:
- Sisters by Fatima Abdelaziz, Sara Rashid, Shaikha Ali Khamis and Asmaa Rashed
- The Limited Resource by Nourah Mohamed Humaid, Amani Jamal Hassan, Maryam Salem Obaid and Shaikhah Rashed
Adele Myers, FWC film and video faculty, said: “It’s so great to see the students’ films screening outside the UAE in prominent arts venues in major cities around the world. It’s important for the work to be seen by new audiences. It gives the students more confidence to continue creating quality work. The films were given a two-week exhibition at the DAC in Chongqing and have now played to a variety of audiences in Zimbabwe.”
“Along with the Manchester screening, that means that the films have been shown in three continents in one year. Not many college productions get that kind of exposure. There were around 100 people at the opening event in Chongqing and 150 over the three workshops in Zimbabwe and many of the audiences in all of the screenings were really moved by the films and commented on the overall high quality of the filming and editing, which is really encouraging and great feedback for the students and HCT,” she added.