MAFF Market Forum Awards Supports Arab Cinema

Malmö Arab Film Festival (8-13 October) was full of many activities, including screenings, industry sessions and discussions, but the main focus of Arab filmmakers was the award ceremony of the sixth edition of the MAFF Market Forum, in which awards with a sum over USD 100,000 were distributed among the participating film projects (See full winners list at the end).

In addition to the prizes, the day witnessed rich activities. In the morning MAFF Market Forum hosted the pitching sessions of the short film projects competing for the grants, before all the attending industry professionals participated in the networking sessions aimed at increasing the bonds of connection and opening doors for cooperation between Arab filmmakers and their counterparts in Nordic countries.

As for the screenings, the feature film competition screenings were concluded with five different films, “The Unknown Saint” by Moroccan Alaa Eddine Aljem, “You Will Die at Twenty” by Sudanese Amjad Abu Alala, “Let’s Talk” by Egyptian Marianne Khoury, “When We Are Born” by Egyptian Tamer Ezzat and “Beirut Terminus” by the Lebanese Elie Kamal.

The third group of the short films competition was also shown, and the third night of “Arabian Nights” was held with the screening of the Iraqi film “To Baghdad” by Anwer Alyasri. Almost all screenings were “full house”, selling the allowed 50 seats quickly to the audience.

Here’s the full list of MAFF Market Forum grants winners:

Short Film films in development (Jury: Anissa Daoud, Johan Simonson, Tahar Houchi):

– Transit AB Award (audio post production worth SEK 40,000) for the project “Honor” directed and produced by Yasser Radhi.

– Film Centrum Award (Editing services worth SEK 30,000) for the project “Laila” directed and produced by Rania Tawfik.

– Film I Skane Award (SEK 30,000) for the project “The City of Ys”, directed by Lana Al-Zaidi and produced by Huda Al Kadhimi and Louise Åberg.

Feature Documentaries in development (Jury: Ellen Kamlert, Leila Kilani, and Talal Derki):

  • Swedish Film Institute Award (SEK 75,000) for the project “Why Did We Plant Roses?” Directed by Ayed Nabaa and produced by Mohanad Salahat.

Feature Fiction Films in development (Jury: Andreas Rocksén, Henda Haouala, and Mohamed Nadif):

  • Swedish Film Institute Award (SEK 150,000) for the project ” The Blind Ferryman” directed by Ali Al-Fatlawi and produced by Samir and Margarete Jangård.

Feature films in post-production (Jury: Ali Sabri Belaid, Deema Azar and Rosh Abdelfatah):

– New Black Creative Services Award (Editing Services worth USD 5,000) for the project “Sharaf” directed by Samir Nasr and produced by Silvana Santamaria.

– New Black Creative Services Award (Color grading Services worth USD 5,000) for the project “Sharaf” directed by Samir Nasr and produced by Silvana Santamaria.

– The Cell Group Awards (three prizes, each Master DCP service worth USD 5,000) for projects: “Another Day in Baghdad” directed by Maysoon Pachachi and produced by Talal Al-Muhanna, “Redfishes” produced and directed by Abdelslam Kelai, “Manca Moro” directed by Rim Temimi and produced Dora Bouchoucha and Lina Chaabane.

– MAD Solutions Award (USD 5,000 distribution minimum guarantee and USD 15,000 marketing services) for the “Communion” project directed by Nejib Belkadhi and produced by Imed Marzouk.

– Leyth Production Awards (two awards each for Sound mixing for 15 days, worth Euro 11,000) for the projects “Communion” project directed by Nejib Belkadhi and produced by Imed Marzouk and “Hyphen” directed and produced by Reine Razzouk.

– Mosaic TV Award (editing services worth USD 10,000) split between the two projects “The Life and Times of Omar Sharif” directed by Mark Lotfy and Axel Petersen, produced by Sigrid Helleday and “The Lottery” directed by Karoline Kamel and produced by Mai Saad.

– Mosaic TV Award (color grading services worth USD 10,000) for the project “Communion” project directed by Nejib Belkadhi and produced by Imed Marzouk.

– Mosaic TV Award (sound mixing services worth USD 10,000) for the “The Lottery” project directed by Karoline Kamel and produced by Mai Saad.

– Elgouna Film Festival Award (USD 5.000) for the project “The Maiden’s Pond”, directed by Bassem Breche and produced by Jana Wehbe.