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“For No One” Takes Inaugural Prize at Middle East Fest

"For No One" Takes Inaugural Prize at Middle East Fest

Ziad Oakes‘ “For No One” won the “Hayah Film Competition” at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in the professional category, while Kamil Roxas‘ “Celebrate Life” won in the amateur category. Fatima Al Shamsi, meanwhile, won the student prize for “Ramadan.” “We have been very excited about the response to the Hayah Film Competition,” noted Magnus Nystedt, founder of the competition and president of EmiratesMac Apple User Group. “With entries from across the Middle East and in all categories, we’ve seen the abundant creativity that exists in this region. From the religious and profound, to the funny and lighthearted, each entry has made us think, made us laugh, or even moved us close to tears.” The winners each receive $5,000 USD, and iPod and a one year scholarship to attend the New York Film Academy‘s new campus in Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to open in February, 2008. iW will have a full report from the festival this week. [Brian Brooks]

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