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Mesopotamia Festival Short Film Competition
16, 17 & 18 OCT

Welkom op ons festival! Welcome to our festival!

Het Mesopotamie Festival geeft een hedendaags beeld van de culturele, politieke, sociale en artistieke situatie in het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika. Een onderdeel van dit festival is de korte film competitie voor filmmakers uit deze gebieden. Deze korte films zijn geselecteerd door festivaldirecteur Mohammad Amin.

 

The Mesopotamia Festival presents a current view of the cultural, political, social and artistic situation in the Middel-East and Northern-Africa. The Mesopotamia Prize for Aarab Short Films is an important element of this festival for filmmakers from these areas. The short films in the competition are selected by festival director Mohammad Amin.  

 

 

Ruim 22.000 mensen keken in drie dagen tijd een of meerdere films op het online kanaal. Het publiek kwam niet alleen uit Nederland en het MENA gebied maar van over de hele wereld van Australië tot Canada en van Zuid-Afrika tot Zuid-Amerika. Een driekoppige jury, bestaande uit de internationaal bekende journalisten/filmmakers/wetenschappers: de in Spanje wonende Iraakse criticus en schrijver Abdul Hadi Sadoun, de Algerijnse filmcriticus Djamel Mohamedi en de Marokkaanse journaliste Khadija Bouachrine. Zij beoordeelden films in 2 categoriën. De winnaars: 

 

  • Beste korte film/best short film: Aicha door Zakaria Nouri
    Volgens de jury draagt ​deze film ​een humanitaire boodschap over de wil van het individu bij tegenspoed. De getalenteerde acteurs zijn erin geslaagd de boodschap van de film over te brengen die is gericht op menselijke waarden en sociale solidariteit.
        
  • Ex-aequo Beste regisseur/best director: simoH Haoury voor Execution of a Dead en Noureddine Zerrouki voor Synapse 
    De jury prees het hoge artistieke niveau van de films en de interesse van de jonge regisseurs voor menselijke kwesties en waarden en hun durf om met inhoud om te gaan die door de officiële instellingen in hun land werd gemonopoliseerd.
     
  • Publieksprijs/popular vote best film: Before the Storm - Hicham Hlimi - met 26 % van de stemmen / with 26% of all votes cast 

A sheepherd has the daily care for her herd. And those are more than just her sheep. Film by Fatima Aglaz.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Her father’s funeral brings Lara back to Beirut from her modern life in NYC, forcing her to face the traditions she escaped and the untraditional fiancee she’s been hiding.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

In the crowded city of Cairo, there is a woman - a woman who lives abroad in conflict and fear. She has to endure a daily struggle of going out to work and facing monsters... monsters of a special kind abroad.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Outskirts of the town, at a traditional house, Aicha, a 26-year-old woman leads a monotonous lifestyle. During the day, she does household chores and cares for her elderly mother who is sick and bedridden. In the evening, Aicha leaves home and waiting to cross the path of a possible lorry driver.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Wydad falls in love with Ossama, but Laila interferes and tries her luck even if this will bring her to vanishing point.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Two men from the disabled category, the first of which has an amputated leg and the other is blind ... ride in the same bus in which a frightening calm prevails, the first reveals to us the strange and contradictory behaviors of the passengers, while the second forces them to change their behavior and reveal their sound truth. 

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Hakim, writer, experiences 'the blank page' syndrome. But his lack of inspiration results from a dilemma with very painful ends. Should he follow his vision of literature or give in to social pressure that encourages him to please the demand ? His wife, tired of their financial troubles, ended up leaving him with their child. His publisher only seeks to make a maximum profit.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

“The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation “ – Alfred Adler 

My artistic approach is based on the quote of the psychoanalyst Alfred Adler ‘ the meaning of life ‘ . 

My art work shows that the feeling of inferiority, the result of spending, can be transformed into a driving force of the dominated people who will end up satisfying themselves.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

The story of the film happens inside a cell between a prisoner and her jailer waiting for death too because of her incurable illness. A bond of affection is going to be woven between these two persons who will express their hope and their attachment to the life by drawings made on the wall.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

A man, torn between then and now. Between staying or leaving. Between his home and a better future.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

A young girl whithin the confement of a home doing her daily household chores. An seemingly innocent scene in this film by Chahbouni Issam leaves many things unsaid but reveals a horrifying truth. 

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Tarek is back to Tunisia after 7 years of clandestinity in Italy. He lives this return as a failure. He has to face his old friends, his old life and remain strong. He meets Khaled, a new neighbour. Khaled is all that Tarek isn’t : successful, handsome, able to help others…

 

 

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Master calligrapher Brahim, works in his studio sculpting epitaphs. In his absence he receives a piece of paper from an unknown client. This paper contains information about a deceased man who bears the same name.

Mesopotamië Festival Short Film Competitie

Please let us know what is your favorite short film in this competition. You can vote only once. The voting starts on thursday october 16th at 9.00 hrs. and will end sunday october 25th at 18.00 hrs.

Er kan niet meer gestemd worden in deze poll.

THE VOTING HAS CLOSED
13% (2809 stemmen)
La Bergere - Fatima Aglaz
3% (718 stemmen)
In White - Dania Bdeir (LEB)
4% (885 stemmen)
Gone and never back - Mai Mustafa Ekhou (MAU)
4% (766 stemmen)
Aïcha - Zakaria Nouri
7% (1427 stemmen)
You Cannot Step Into the Same River - Mohamed Benaziz (MAR)
3% (712 stemmen)
Synapse - Noureddine Zerrouki
3% (720 stemmen)
La page blanche - Nadjib Lamraoui
2% (366 stemmen)
Encyclia - Khireddine Khaldoun (ALG)
4% (819 stemmen)
Execution of a Dead - simoH Haoury
26% (5540 stemmen)
Before the storm - Hicham Hlimi
13% (2655 stemmen)
Red window - Hussein Alekali
7% (1474 stemmen)
It's not my fault - Chahbouni Issam
3% (721 stemmen)
The Return - Charlie Kouka
7% (1397 stemmen)
Ultimate ink - Yazid El Kadiri