Al Ard Film Festival 20th Edition Awards


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Moments ago, the curtains drew to a close on the 20th edition of the Al Ard Film Festival, leaving in its wake a trail of unforgettable cinematic experiences. From animated wonders to gripping documentaries, the festival showcased the breadth and depth of storytelling prowess about Palestine and the Arab world from around the globe. Let’s delve into the highlights of the awards ceremony:

Best Short Fiction Film – Uncle Give Me a Cigarette, by Al Masna (awarded by the Jury)

An animated short film patiently crafted in stop motion, yet narrated in a simple and original way by 14 girls aged between 10 and 17 who attended the workshop organized by the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees. A very special moment that impressed not only Walid Daqqa but all of us as well.

Best Short Documentary – Heavy Metal, by Edward Knowles and Timo Bruun

(awarded by the Jury)

For the sweetness and the intensity of the portraits illustrated by the film, for the determination and the courage with which the protagonists pursue their dreams, despite the harsh challenges that society and life may impose within Palestinian refugee camp. For the strength and the hope of a message that tells a story of steadfastness and emancipation through the experience of these athletes.

Best Feature Documentary Film – In The Shadow of Beirut, by Stephen Gerard Kelly and Garry Keane

(awarded by the Jury)

The film narrates the dramatic nature of life within the Shatila refugee camp, delicately stepping into the profound intimacy of the lives of some of its inhabitants. Stories of life and survival, accompanied by an efficient use of cinematography, revealing a strong sensitivity and observational skills on the part of the directors.

Audience Award – Reel Rock: Resistance Climbing, by Nick Rosen & Zachary Barr


Special Mentions of the Jury:

The Key, by Rakan Mayasi, received recognition in the Short Fiction Film category.
Little Sahara, by Emilio Martí López, garnered praise in the Short Documentary Film category.
The Soil and the Sea, by Daniele Rugo, was acknowledged in the Feature Documentary Film category.

As the curtains fall on this unforgettable edition of Al Ard Film Festival, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the deserving winners. Your dedication to the craft of filmmaking and your ability to touch hearts and minds with your stories have left an indelible mark on this year’s festival.

Amidst the celebration of cinematic excellence, we also reaffirm our commitment to the enduring spirit of the Palestinian people. Through the lens of art and storytelling, we continue to amplify the voices of resistance and hope, standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their quest for freedom and justice. Free Palestine.

We look forward with anticipation to the next chapter of Al Ard Film Festival.