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Emirati Filmmaker Abdullah Ahmed wins the MoI Cinema Award

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 16:  Winner of the Ministry of Interior Award during the Muhr Awards on day eight of the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 16, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)

Lt. Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for the Ministry of Interior’s Cinematic Awards (MOICA), announced that Emirati filmmaker Abdullah Hassan Ahmed the spotlight by winning the Ministry of Interior’s Award, along with a staggering prize of USD 100,000, for ‘Best Societal Screenplay’.

The announcement of the deserving winner took place during the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where director Abdullah Ahmed won the MoI ‘Best Societal Screenplay’ Award for his film titled “Sunrise”. The prize falls in line with the MoI’s endeavors to support Emirati and Arab talents and to develop the film industry in the Arab world. This is achieved by empowering innovative individuals and supporting them to produce noble material that address the issues of all segments of the society in a constructive, purposeful and unconventional manner that do not resort to a negative approach or criticism. This would serve the strategies of the ministry in regards to spreading stability, security and safety in the society.

Moreover, Saeed Salmeen’s “Going to Heaven” film won the Emirati Muhr Award for the Best Feature Film. Salmeen had won the MoI Cinema Awards for ‘Best Societal Screenplay’ with this film in 2014. This is testament that the valuable support extended by the MoI to creative individuals has achieved the desired goals in promoting and supporting the Arab film industry. Both awards embody the concerted efforts and purposeful partnership with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) that aim to promote the societal mission of cinema in reaching a broad range of community members, and to avail of local and Arab talents to serve society and address societal issues.


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