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DIFF 2013 Winners: Souleymane Deme, Cédric Ido, Nabil Ayouch 'The Square' All Honored

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 18, 2013 1:08 PM
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Still From Cédric Ido's "Twaaga"

This year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is officially over, with awards honors revealed last week.

Amongst winners, of most interest to this blog, in the AsiaAfrica competition, a Special Mention went to Souleymane Deme for his role in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Grigris, while Special Mention for short films went to Burkinabe filmmaker Cédric Ido, for Twaaga.

In the Muhr Arab feature section, the Special Jury Prize went to Moroccan Nabil Ayouch's They Are The Dogs.

In the Muhr Arab documentary section, Oscar-shortlisted Egyptian doc The Square won best film, while Salma El Tarzi's won for best director for Underground On The Surface (Egypt)

Yasmine Raees won best actress for Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl

Best actor went to Hassan Badida for Moroccan filmmaker Hicham Lasri’s They Are The Dogs, which also won the Special Jury Prize.

Moroccan actress Raouia won a Special Mention for her roles in Rock The Casbah and Pillow Secrets.

The full list of winners below:

DIFF 2013 WINNERS:

Muhr Arab Feature:

Special Mention: Mohammed Amin Benamraoui, Adios Carmen (Morocco, Belgium, UAE)

Special Mention: Raouia for her roles in Rock The Casbahand Pillow Secrets

Best Actress: Yasmine Raees, Factory Girl (Egypt-UAE)

Best Actor: Hassan Badida, They Are The Dogs (Morocco)

Best Director: Hany Abu Assad, Omar (Palestine-UAE)

Special Jury Prize: Nabil Ayouch, They Are The Dogs(Morocco)

Best Film: Waleed Zuaiter, Omar (Palestine-UAE)

Muhr Arab Documentary:

Special Mention: Zeina Daccache for Scheherazade’s Diary (Lebanon)

Best Director: Salma El Tarzi, Underground On The Surface (Egypt)

Special Jury Prize: Diala Kachmar and Carole Abboud,Guardians Of Lost Time (Lebanon, UAE)

Best Film: Karim Amer, The Square (US, Egypt)

Muhr Arab Short:

Special Mention: Camille Salameh for his role in Troubled Waters (Lebanon)

Special Mention: Ahmed Yassin, Children Of God (Iraq, UK, Hungary)

Best Director: Ali Cherri, The Disquiet (Lebanon, France)

Special Jury Prize: Haider Rashid, The Deep (Iraq, Italy)

Best Film: Bavi Yassin, Nore Maatala, The Lost Voice(Belgium, Iraq)

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature:

Special Mention: Souleymane Démé for his role in Grigris(France, Chad)

Special Mention: Ritesh Batra for the screenplay of The Lunchbox

Best Actress: Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo (Singapore)

Best Actor: Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox (France, Germany, India)

Best Director: Tsai Ming Liang, Stray Dogs (Taiwan, France)

Special Jury Prize: Sepehr Seifi, Fish & Cat (Iran)

Best Film: Ang Hwee Sim, Anthony Chen, Wahyuni A. Hadi,Ilo Ilo (Singapore)

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary:

Special Mention: Lynn Lee and James Leong, Wukan: The Flame Of Democracy (Singapore)

Best Director: Pin Pin Tan, To Singapore With Love(Singapore)

Special Jury Prize: Sara Rastegar, My Red Shoes (France)

Best Film: Yoshiko Hashimoto and Shigeki Kinoshita, The Horses Of Fukushima (Japan)

Muhr AsiaAfrica Short:

Special Mention: Cédric Ido, Twaaga (Burkina Faso, France)

Best Director: Sandeep Ray, Thin Arms (India)

Special Jury Prize: Halla Kim, The Way Back (South Korea)

Best Film: Askhat Kuchinchirekov, Gas Is Over(Kazakhstan) 

Muhr Emirati:

Special Mention: Mohammad Fikree, Girl & It (UAE)

Best Director: Muna Al Ali, Concealment (UAE)

Special Jury Prize: Claudia Corbelli and Greg White, The Neighbour (UAE)

Best Film: Abdullah Hasan Ahmed and Khalid Al Mahmood,Don’t Leave Me (UAE)

FIPRESCI:

Short: Ahmed Yassin, Children Of God (Iraq, UK, Hungary)

Documentary: Zeina Daccache, Scheherazade’s Diary(Lebanon)

Feature: Mohammed Khan, Factory Girl (Egypt, UAE)

Emirates NBD People’s Choice Award:

Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Frozen (US)

Amal Al-Agroobi, The Brain That Sings (UAE)

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