Three stunning short films have won the #CreativesAtHome competition launched by twofour54, Image Nation and Baynounah TV to inspire UAE-based creatives during the period of remote working and learning.
The competition called on the UAE’s budding filmmakers to create a 60-second film from their home. Over 100 submissions from residents across the UAE were received and reviewed by the panel of six judges, who were deeply impressed with the storytelling and technical abilities on display.
The three winners were Elie Fleyhan, who documented his day during lockdown in “Good Morning till Goodnight”; Huda Dawoud’s “Hug Yourself” which provides an inspirational message of self-care; and Naser AlHadhrami’s emotional “Omar”, which showed a scene from a dramatic nightmare touching on verbal abuse.
Each winner will receive an adventure camera kit to carry on their incredible content creation, and will appear on Baynounah TV’s Weekly Update and Abu Dhabi News programmes to over 5000 daily viewers. Additionally, the three filmmakers will have the opportunity to take up an internship with Baynounah TV and a training course with Image Nation’s Arab Film Studio and twofour54’s Creative Lab.
Baynounah TV is a free-to-air Emirati TV channel that aims to reflect the daily lives of the Emirati community. Broadcasting since 2013, the channel focuses on national and local heritage as well as diverse programming that touches on social awareness, health, heritage and cultural, and religious topics.
Creative Lab is a community of over 14,000 media professionals who collaborate on a wide range of projects and boost their skills and experience through internships, workshops, and courses. Arab Film Studio is Image Nation’s flagship training program, providing a platform for filmmakers to develop their skills in narrative film, documentaries, storytelling, scriptwriting and more under the guidance of experienced professionals. Arab Film Studio’s success stories demonstrate the deep talent and passion for film in the region, with over 150 participants from 28 countries over its 9-year track record.