Emirati short Athel Receives Two Awards and Lands at Five International Film Festivals

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Starring Hala Shiha

Emirati short Athel Receives Two Awards and Lands at Five International Film Festivals

The Emirati short film Athel by Alyazia Bint Nahyan Al Nahyan received the Outstanding Achievement Certificate at the Berlin Flash Film Festival in Germany, a festival that celebrates short films & scripts, giving the filmmakers a creative platform to voice their art. The film also caught international spotlight with an international win of the Gold Remy Award at the WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival in USA.

Furthermore, Athel was officially selected at five international festivals, namely; the Madrid International Film Festival in Spain, one of the greatest and most popular festivals in Europe, Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TNIFF), where the film received an award nomination, in addition to festivals in Vienna and Amsterdam.
The film premiered on Monday, 31 August, at 05:00 PM in VOX cinemas at Nation Towers with the presence of local media and public figures along with press representatives.

The film revolves around Salma, a widely known presenter, who is filming a poetry show about Tarfa, the pre-Islamic poet. With a sand storm disrupting the episode shoot, Salma suddenly finds ahead of something far from reality. The film deals with a new style and subtraction in a light witty drama template, about the story of the famous pre-Islamic poet Tarfa Bin Al-Abd or the “murdered boy” as it became known throughout history, a poet killed at the height of his glory and bewildered many thinkers and intellectuals in relation to his fate.

Directed by Alyazia Bint Nahyan Al Nahyan, produced by Toaster Productions & Anasy Media, Athel is headlined by renowned Egyptian actress Hala Shiha and Emirati artist Mansour Alfeeli, produced by Afra Almarar and Hayfa Al Haidary and filmed by Alessando Martella. The films is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.


Established in 2007, Anasy Media Productions was founded with the aim of contributing to the development of the artistic and cultural movement in the UAE. The EMIRATI MEDIA COMPANY is a local representation of INTERNATIONAL soft diplomacy, COMMITTED TO BUILDING CULTURAL COOPERATIONS AND MAKING CREATIVE CONTENT that consolidates at a regional and global level. Anasy Media has built up an award-winning track-record delivering short and feature-length documentary film productions on various subjects ranging from history and culture to the present day issues. Specializing in documentaries and seeking to engage the community in the creative field by organizing events, competitions and exhibitions, Anasy productions produced the award winning documentary The Tainted Veil, recipient of Best Documentary at the Silk Road Film Festival in Ireland. The film also was UAE's official submission at the Academy Awards in 2016, making it among the Oscar's list of 124 feature-length documentaries that year Anasy Media also produced Nanny Culture, which received international awards in prestigious film festivals including, Best Documentary and Inspiring Woman in a Film Award at the Lost Angeles Independent Film Festival, and Gold Award for Documentary Feature at the Hollywood Films Competition in USA.