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Revived Paris Arab Cinemas Festival rewards emerging talent

Revived Paris Arab Cinemas Festival rewards emerging talent
 
Iraqi director Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji's 2017 film The Journey won the Grand Prix Grand Prix IMA – BMCE Bank © IMA photographie Thierry Rambaud

A festival of cinema from the Middle East and Gulf, organised by, and at, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris has been revived. The 10-day Festival des Cinémas Arabes programmed films from across the Arabic-culture countries, giving a boost to the Institute's regular cinema programme. At a lively ceremony at the Institut on 8 July, prizes rewarded emerging talents especially.

The Festival des Cinémas Arabes awards at the Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris were as follows:

Fiction category:

  • Joint winners of the short and medium features: Affability by Ahmad Nader (Egypt, 2017) and Land Of Our Fathers by Ulaa Salim (Iraq, 2017)
  • IMA award for best actress: Zahraa Ghandour in The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji (Iraq/Qatar/France/The Netherlands/UK, 2017)
  • IMA award for best actor : a collective award to the cast of The Lunch by Lucien Bourjeily, (Lebanon, 2017)
  • IMA/TV5MONDE award for first feature: Benzine by Sarra Abidi (Tunisia, 2017
  • Jury Special/Hyatt Paris Madeleine feature award: The Lunch by Lucien Bourjeily, (Lebanon, 2017)
  • IMA Grand Prix/BMCE Bank feature award: The Journey by Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji (Iraq/Qatar/France/The Netherlands/UK, 2017)

Documentary category:-

  • Jury's Special Short and Medium Documentary award: And an Image was Born by Firas Khoury (Palestine, 2017)
  • Sculpting in time by Youssef Nasser (Egypt, 2017)
  • IMA Short and Medium Documentary award: Train-trains 2 : A Bypass by Rania Stephan (Lebanon, 2017)
  • Jury's Special Prize with Titra Film for Documentary Feature : Of Sheep and Menby Karim Sayad(Algeria/Qatar/France/Switzerland, 2017)
  • Grand Prix IMA/ El Gouna Film Festivalfor Documentary Feature: The Band by Albaqer Jafeer (Iraq/Lebanon, 2017)
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