Tropfest Arabia Featured Films

  • Khulood Alnajjar “The Three Pyjamas”

    Kholoud Alnajjar’s film, ‘The Three Pyjamas’ is a drama portraying one woman’s solution to protect herself from her brother’s harassment.

  • Mohammed Al-Asbahi “Adults Only”

    Adults Only is a tragic story of a young girl called Amal whose dreams of a better life are snatched away when her mother decides to marry her off to an old man. The film concludes with a warning; marriage is for adults only.

  • Gilbert Kahawaty “Unvisited”

    Jeanette is a lonely old lady in a retirement home. Her eight year old grandson makes a plan to help her escape and celebrate his birthday. But the nephew’s plan is foiled by his parents, leaving Jeanette to spend yet more time alone, waiting for a visit

  • Sami Elgalabi “Until Then”

    ‘Until Then’ is about a young scientist living in troubled times. He uses a time travelling machine to get a glimpse of a brighter future. When he returns, he tells his mother about what he has seen and how the world will become a better place to live in.

  • Patrick Mouzawak “The Fly”

    The buzz of a fly awakens a man from his sleep. He finds a peaceful demonstration taking place outside of his bedroom window. A series of events leads our antagonist to the realization that he has an unlikely role in controlling the outcome of the protest without him being aware of it.

  • Andria Zakria Anwer “Hard Time”

    ‘Hard Time’ features three youngsters brainstorming ideas for their TROPFEST Arabia entries. After a series of creative ideas is discussed they’re surprised to find that time has defeated them and that they’ve missed the entry deadline.

  • Samer Nsrallah “The Runner”

    Adham is an Olympic gold-medal hurdler and star of world athletics with a succession of records to his name. But today, Adham is suffering with Hemorrhagic Cystitis and his only athletics involve running from his bed to the bathroom at his house in Old Damascus.

  • John Polson, Tropfest Festival Founder & Director, today announced that Tropfest is looking for a new partner to host the Middle Eastern edition of the world’s largest short film festival.

    Tropfest Arabia, which spans 33 territories across the Middle East and North Africa, was established in partnership with Abu Dhabi-based media agency twofour54, in 2011. The Arabian edition of the festival has gathered widespread support from the industry and filmmakers across the region in its five-year history.

    “Over 12,000 people turn out to support this annual event and Tropfest Arabia has been engaging with thousands of talented filmmakers across the region each year” said Polson.

    The announcement comes as festival organisers confirm that there will be no competition held in 2014.

    Tropfest Arabia forms part of Tropfest’s global mission to provide the largest possible platform for filmmakers, and new and expanded audiences for their work.

    “The stories we see emerge from this part of the world are incredibly important, and we believe it is absolutely vital that there is a platform like Tropfest to support these storytellers,” Polson said. “Recent changes at twofour54 have unfortunately meant the fit with that organisation is no longer right. We will seek a new, engaged partner to help us bring this event to life in 2015 and beyond.”

    Without a festival in place for the 2014 calendar year, Arabic filmmakers are encouraged to enter Tropfest Australia, now in its 22nd year. Entries for the Australian festival will close on October 2 and Tropfest will fly any internationally-based finalists to Sydney to attend the event.

    More details on the submission process can be found at tropfest.com/au. Filmmakers can contact Tropfest Australia at mail@tropfest.com

  • Amr Kamal “Numbers”

    Amr Kamal’s film ‘Numbers’ is a short film about how people are depicted on the TV news and in newspapers simply as numbers

  • Haidy Ibrahim “Hope”

    ‘Hope’ is a silent film. It opens showing a man with no arms contemplating a plate of food; a laptop and a guitar – all things he can’t handle in the normal way. But despite his disability, the star of the film is full of hope and smiling. In the closing scene, he juggles a soccer ball.

  • Peter Aziz Sedki “Daye”

    A young girl whose brother disapproves of her dress is then harassed on a bus. Later, in her bedroom she feels wistful and sad. She notices the clock ticking and then, feeling the warmth of the sunlight through the window, hopeful thoughts transport her to a faraway place by the sea.

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Posted in Blog on Sunday 10.11.13

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Posted in Blog on Tuesday 05.11.13

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Posted in Blog on Friday 01.11.13

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