DIFF winners

All of the awards winners from last night's DIFF 2009 closing ceremony...

The winners of the Dubai International Film Festival Awards were announced last night.

The ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammad met elite of Arab drama artists and welcomed them in the UAE. He praised their creative drama production which contributed to enriching the cultural output of the Arab world.

The Dubai Drama Awards were also presented with a total prize fund of $1 million (Dhs3.68m) given to local television networks according to viewers during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

More than 900 entries were received from the Arab world, Asia and Africa all battling for a fraction of the $575,000 up for grabs in prize money.

The Muhr Arab competition, open to directors of Arab nationality or origin, drew around 437 entries, while the Muhr Asia/Africa competition, currently in its second year, received around 513 entries.

Emirati talent was highlighted with three awards presented before the main awards were handed out.

The prize for Best Emirati talent went to Mohammad Hassan Ahmad; the Most Promising Emirati female filmmaker was Manal Bin Amro and Most Promising Emirati filmmaker was Nawaf Al Janahi.

The Muhr Arab and Muhr Asia/Africa award winners are:

Muhr AsiaAfrica Short Films

First Prize
Dyana Gaye for UN TRANSPORT EN COMMUN (SAINT LOUIS BLUES)
France, Senegal

Special Jury Prize
Sung-hee Jo for DON'T STEP OUT OF THE HOUSE
South Korea

Second Prize
Vinoo Choliparambil for VITTHAL
India

Muhr Arab Short Films

First Prize
Bassam Ali Jarbawi for CHICKEN HEADS
Palestine

Special Jury Prize
Talal Khoury for 9AAB (9 AUGUST)
Lebanon

Second Prize
Aida Elkashef for RHAPSODY IN AUTUMN
Egypt

Special Mention
Mohammad Aldhahri for SHROUQ/GHROUB (SUNRISE/SUNSET)
Saudi Arabia

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary

First Prize
Tokachi Tsuchiya for FUTSU NO SHIGOTO GA SHITAI (A NORMAL LIFE, PLEASE)
Japan

Special Jury Prize
Lloyd Ross for THE SILVER FEZ
South Africa

Second Prize
Jean-Marie Teno for LIEUX SAINTS (SACRED PLACES)
Cameroon, France

Muhr Arab Documentary

First Prize
Zeina Daccache for 12 ANGRY LEBANESE - THE DOCUMENTARY
Lebanon

Special Jury Prize
Mai Iskander for GARBAGE DREAMS
USA

Second Prize
Bilal Yousef for AL AWDA ELA AL THAT (BACK TO ONE'S ROOTS)
Qatar, Palestine

Special Mention
Hakim Belabbes for ASHLAA (IN PIECES)
Morocco

Muhr AsiaAfrica - Feature

Best Screenplay
Eun-kyo Park and Bong Joon-ho for MOTHER
South Korea

Best Editor
Garreth Fradgley for SHIRLEY ADAMS
South Africa

Best Composer
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr and Koichi Shimizu for NANG MAI (NYMPH)
Thailand, Netherlands

Best Cinematographer
Channa Deshapriya for AHASIN WETEI (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS)
Sri Lanka, France

Best Actor
Hasan Pourshirazi for KESHTZARHAYE SEPID (THE WHITE MEADOWS)
Iran

Best Actress
Denise Newman for SHIRLEY ADAMS
South Africa

Special Jury Prize
Mohammad Rasoulof for KESHTZARHAYE SEPID (THE WHITE MEADOWS)
Iran

Muhr Arab - Feature

Best Screenplay
Mariam Naoum for WAHED-SEFR (ONE-ZERO)
Egypt

Best Editor
Ahmed Dawood for ASAFEER EL NEEL (THE NILE BIRDS)
Egypt

Best Composer
Le Trio Joubran for ADIEU GARY (FAREWELL GARY)
France

Best Cinematographer
Nancy Abdel Fattah for WAHED-SIFR (ONE-ZERO)
Egypt

Best Actor
Said Bey for THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD
Morocco

Best Actress
Nisreen Faour for AMREEKA
USA, Canada, Kuwait

Special Mention
Shawkat Amin Korki for KICK OFF
Japan, Iraq

Special Jury Prize
Merzak Allouache for HARRAGAS
Algeria

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

Best Film
Brillante Mendoza for LOLA
France, Philippines

Muhr Arab Feature

Best Film
Michel Khleifi for ZINDEEQ
Palestine, United Kingdome, United Arab Emirates

The Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica award winning films will be screened at Cinestar cinemas  at Mall of the Emirates on Friday, December 18.

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