Bidiya: The Omani Cinema Association announced the results of the First International Film and Desert Festival, with the participation of 65 films from 18 countries. This came at the closing ceremony of the festival, which was held today in the Wilayat of Bidiya in the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, as part of the North Al Sharqiyah Winter 2024 activities.
The results of the festival were as follows: In the field of the Omani Documentary Film Competition, the film “The Gold Maker” by director Salem Al-Hajri won the Best Documentary Film award for the Ain platform, and the film “Magic of the Sands” by director Walid Al-Kharusi won the jury award, while the film “The Journey” won “Directed by Salem Al-Maamari, and “Al-Murad” by director Mohammed Al-Ajmi received the Best Screenplay Award equally, and director Salah Al-Hadrami received the Best Director Award for the film “Daughter of the Sands”, and “Hajan” by director Maryam Al-Rasbiyeh received the Best Cinematography Award, and both films “The Perennial Tree” by director Abdullah Al-Batashi, and “Run Al-Arda” by director Jassim Al-Mukhaini won the Best Editing award equally.
Meanwhile, the results of the International Documentary Film Competition were that the film “Under the Sand” by Bahraini director Jan Al Balushi won the Best Film Award, and the film “House of Poetry” by Moroccan director Malika Maa Al-Ainin won the Jury Prize, and in the International Narrative Film Competition the film “Kaw” by the Iranian director won. Rasool Hajo won the Best Film award, while the film “Dejour” by Jordanian director Moatasem Samirat won the Jury Award.
The festival’s jury was supervised by two committees, the first consisting of a documentary film jury headed by Jordanian Khamis Majdalawi, and a feature film jury headed by Iraqi Nizar Fada’am. The two committees include a number of specialists from the Sultanate of Oman and the participating countries.
Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Rasbi, director of the festival, said in his closing speech: The festival came to be the most prominent artistic, cultural and cinematic event in the Sultanate of Oman during the past three days, as it aimed to raise the efficiency of filmmaking in the Sultanate of Oman and promote the Omani desert winter, adding that the festival, which hosted a number of… Representatives of international production companies achieved sustainable cooperation to sell Omani cinematic productions with the aim of developing the cultural heritage and creating an environment for filmmakers that encourages the continuation of high-quality cinematic production.
Al Rasbi confirmed that the festival is the first of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman and 18 countries from around the world participated in it, and the participating films amounted to 65 films, including 13 international documentaries, 12 Omani documentaries, in addition to 34 international feature films, and 6 films. Omani novelist.
It is worth noting that the United Arab Emirates was the guest of honor of the festival with the participation of Abdullah Al-Junaibi, Dr. Hussein Ibrahim, and Nasser Al-Dhaheri, in addition to the participation of a number of Arab countries in documentary and feature films, most notably Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Jordan, to Along with a number of feature films from the Sultanate of Oman.
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