YOUNG FILMMAKERS’ CIRCLE FILM SCREENINGS
In partnership with world-renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and Orient Meets Occident, young filmmakers wrote and directed short films under the guidance of established filmmakers. Two of these films will be screened at Al Ain Film Festival.
THE PLANT BY HAMDA AL MIDFA
In a playful domestic tale, a small child tries desperately to give nature a small role in her life, finding that the modern world blocks her at every turn. When a gardener comes into the picture, she discovers that cultivating human kindness is not only natural, it is essential to happiness.
The Plant is nominated for Al Ain Film Festival’s Falcon Emirati Short Film award and will be screened on 24 January at 6:55 p.m. and 25 January at 3:50 p.m. at Star Cinema in Bawadi mall, Al Ain City.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Hamda Al Midfa is a 31-year-old Emirati woman who is currently working as a freelance filmmaker in the UAE with the hopes to build a good network and find the right people to work with. To learn all about film making, Hamda has worked on multiple positions such as First Assistant Director, Sound Mixer, First Assistant Camera, and Script. Soon, her dream is to direct her own film scripts she is working on. Her late father introduced her to the movies, he would gather her siblings and she would play a film from his collection.
THE LAST MEAL BY SACHINE AUGUSTINE
In this somber short film, an inmate on death row asks his only friend, a prison guard, for a special last meal of baklava from his mother’s pastry shop. When the guard finds that the inmate’s mother has passed away, he is faced with a choice more difficult than he could have imagined.
The Last Meal is nominated for Al Ain Film Festival’s Falcon Resident Film award and will be screened on 24th January at 8:40 p.m. and 25 January at 1:00 p.m. at Star Cinema in Bawadi mall, Al Ain City.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Sachin Augustien is a 27-year-old Indian who was raised in and lived in the UAE. He first realized that he wanted to make films while working on a short film project for the first time while doing his Bachelor’s degree in Singapore. Since then, there was no turning back, he says.
In 2017 he was part of the Arab Film Studio Narrative program, where he was able to write and direct another short film, which has been screened in festivals around the world. In the future, he hopes to be able to hone his skills as a filmmaker and forge a career out of his passion and love for films.