Emirati Filmmaker Wins International Film award
UAE Residents, it’s time to cheer! Emirati filmmaker Alwiya A Thani was awarded gold in the 2014 International Independent Film Awards.
Alwiya, who is also the production manager of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, won gold in the Narrative Short category for her short film Faith in Love.
The romantic comedy premiered at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival. It follows the story of two Dubai residents who are unlucky in love and, through a series of events that take place in the film, they are able to restore their faith in love once again.
The filmmaker said that “As an Emirati, opting to create a film of this genre and using a multicultural cast to do it was somewhat out of left field, so winning this award is particularly significant.”
She added that she hopes that she is a motivation for other Emirati filmmakers and producers to explore this type of film. “It would help highlight the vibrant cosmopolitan culture that we have embraced here in the UAE," she said.
Image Nation chief executive, Michael Garin expressed his delight at Alwiya’s international recognition and explained that the young producer had taken quite a risk with this film.
Her choice to produce a rom-com meant that she was “moving away from the typical drama tragedies that Emirati film makers have favoured” – but, he added, “the result is a wonderful modern short which we hope will break the mold for future Emirati film projects”.
The International Independent Film Awards are concerned with identifying and exploring the work of independent filmmakers, screenwriters and artists from all around the world and giving them the opportunity to showcase their work to a bigger audience.
The awards have 41 different award categories and seven distinct levels, all of which provide such independent filmmakers like Alwiya with the exposure they need to present their work internally.