A Palestinian documentary, a Jordanian animation and a Syrian experimental short win the MADE in MED short film contest

The three winners will attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner

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A Palestinian documentary, a Jordanian animation and a Syrian experimental short win the MADE in MED short film contest

The winners are out for the second edition of the MADE in MED short film contest launched last year by the European Union’s Euromed Audiovisual programme.

The jury -- made up of Tunisian director Mahmoud ben Mahmoud, Algerian distributor Hachemi Zertal and Nayla Abul-Khalek, commNprod International director -- met two weeks ago to select the best among 150 short films sent in to the contest.

The winners are: 

  • My children… My Love… by Palestinian director Fadya Salah Al-Deen. Produced by Shashat, this documentary tells the story of Rudaina Abu Jarad, who is the mother of two girls and two boys, despite her family and community at first objecting to her becoming pregnant because of her condition.
  • House by Jordanian director Ahmad Saleh is an animation film about a family who has lived for generations in a spacious, beautiful and generous home. Guests have always been welcome. Until one guest arrives with a different plan in mind.
  • War on Famous Canvas by Syrian artist Amjad Wardeh is an experimental film that transposes the war scenes of Syria to the famous paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Pieter Brueghel and Paul Gauguin. Its imaginary scenes show that war can happen anytime and destroy cultural heritage.

“It was a huge responsibility to select the winners who would get the opportunity to show their work at such a big event and have such a visibility," said jury member Hachemi Zertal. "These artists will have the opportunity to meet professionals who will definitely give momentum to their career."

Fadya Salal Al-Deen, Amjad Wardeh and Ahmad Saleh will attend the Cannes Film Festival from May 16 to 21, where their films will be promoted at the festival's Short Film Corner. They will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on one of their upcoming film projects from professionals specialised in scriptwriting and film project development.

The 13 runners-up to vie for the MADE in MED Audience Award will be announced soon. The winner of the Audience Award will receive visibility on the Euromed Audiovisual website and support to take part in partner film festivals.  


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