Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10 - 12 November 2016

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to Reel for winning Best Film of 2016. Their film Shah Mat will go on to represent Dubai against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


1st Place: Best Film of 2016

Shah Mat by Reel

2nd Place: Best Film of 2016

by MelRish

3rd Place: Best Film of 2016

Ob-Sessions by SandSet Films

Required Elements

  • Character: حميد او حنين سومر (Hameed or Haneen Soomar), مستشار شخصي (Life Coach)
  • Prop: فرشاة اسنان (a tooth brush)
  • Line: أنا فعلا محتاج اجازة ("I really need a vacation.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Relatively Speaking by Halwa Puri and 1 cup chai

Audience Favorite: Group B

Ob-Sessions by SandSet Films

Best Writing

Arrora by MelRish

Best Editing

Views from balcony by KannurCacti

Best Directing

Shah Mat by Reel

Views from balcony by KannurCacti

Best Cinematography

Steak Night by The Boomtown Rats

Best Music

Anushka Abraham Don't Panic! by Grolez Film

Best Actor

Ahmed Alniyadi by One Hand

Cassey Shannon by The Boomtown Rats

Best Actress

Danabelle Guteirrez by MelRish

Best Supporting Actress

Aron Marzetti Tooth fairy by Fat Cat

Best Ensemble Acting

Views from balcony by KannurCacti

Best Costumes

Relatively Speaking by Halwa Puri and 1 cup chai

Best Use of Character

Ob-Sessions by SandSet Films

Views from balcony by KannurCacti

Best Use of Prop

Ob-Sessions by SandSet Films

Best Use of Line

Views from balcony by KannurCacti

Best Use of Genre

Ob-Sessions by SandSet Films

Best Post Production

Shah Mat by Reel

Most Creative Concept

Script Gone Wrong by Blue

Most Promising Filmmakers

by MelRish

Views from balcony by KannurCacti

2016 Film List

  • Don't Panic! by Grolez Film

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  • Eternum by Harakiri

    Reveal your inner Demons

  • First Day by 145 Hillcrest Ave

    The first day of work doesn't go quite as expected.

  • Janetta by 100% UAE

    A love-struck Mafia Boss makes an impulsive decision after a mysterious letter from a neighbour.

  • Ob-Sessions by SandSet Films

    An obsessed girl with toothbrushes requires a Life Coach

  • Relatively Speaking by Halwa Puri and 1 cup chai

    The saga that unfolds in a typical family chat group

  • Shah Mat by Reel

    The only out is to finish the game.

  • Tooth fairy by sugarfree

    the mind game

  • Tooth fairy by Fat Cat

    the mind game

  • Views from balcony by KannurCacti

    To be decided


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