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  • NYFA Seeds in Abu Dhabi Blossom at Dubai International Film Festival

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    The New York Film Academy’s Emirati students have reached the highest number of films accepted into the prestigious Dubai International Film Festival 2015.

    More than 10 as crew members with 5 directors and actors had their 5 films into the official selection MUHR EMIRATI this year.

    All of them have completed their study at the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi and had the opportunity to learn in the most hands-on program in the world, with the great faculty coming from Los Angeles and New York carrying an international experience in the film industry.

    We encourage you all to attend and watch their films at the festival. The films’ briefs are below:

    ZINZANA – Feature film directed by Majid Al Ansari: Trapped in a prison cell (“Zinzana”) in a remote police station, a man named Talal is tortured by visions of his beloved ex-wife and son as he waits to hear his fate. When officer Daban from a neighboring town stops by, Talal watches as the friendly visit suddenly turns into a bloodbath. Being behind bars is now the least of Talal’s problems, as he is forced to play a madman’s game to save his family’s lives.

    ABDULLAH – Feature film directed by Humaid Al Suwaidi, Cast: Fatima AlTae: The film tells the story of an Emirati boy (Abdullah) who develops a fascination with music from an early age but struggles to hide that over the years from his very conservative family where many things are “haram.”


    GOING TO HEAVEN – Feature film directed by Saeed Salmeen: From Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, young Sultan sets off on an extraordinary journey as he seeks out his grandmother. Sultan, who has dreamt of the warmth of her love, is determined to reunite with an absent grandmother so that he can escape the bitterness of life. Accompanied by his friend, Sultan’s trip will unravel surprises and exuberant emotions.

    BESHKARA – Directed by Abdulrahman Al Madani, thesis film: telling a story of the caretaker of a cantankerous, dependent Emirati grandmother must return to the Philippines, once she finds out that her daughter is terminally ill. However, the grandmother refuses to let her travel because a deep reason we discover at the end of the film.

    THE MAN WHO MET THE ANGEL Directed by Tariq Al Kazim, Cast: Assem Kroma: Between reality and imagination, truth and lies, certainty and delusion, Daniel will have to prove to others that he has met an angel.

    We wish them best of luck in the competition, and hope you will have the opportunity to watching them all!

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    December 10, 2015 • Abu Dhabi, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4875

  • Emirati Graduate Directs First Feature “Abdullah”

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    “Abdullah”

    Given the various locations of the New York Film Academy all over the world, often students have the opportunity to explore multiple locations while studying for a certificate or degree. Former AFA Filmmaking student Humaid Alsuwaidi studied his first year in Abu Dhabi and moved to Los Angeles to complete his degree his second year.

    Since his graduation, Alsuwaidi has been hard at work on his first feature film Abdullah, which he directed with fellow NYFA students, including:

    • Jack Elliott: Director of Photography
    • Fatima Al Taei: Main Actress
    • Malik Zenger: Gaffer
    • Shih-Yao Huang: Key Grip
    • Aiham Alsubaihi: 1st AC
    • Effendi Edris: Cam Op
    • Stuart Matthews: Grip

    His film tells the story of an Emirati boy (Abdullah) who develops a fascination with music from an early age, but struggles to hide that over the years from his very conservative family—where many things are “haram- forbidden/prohibited.”

    Alsuwaidi shot the film in the emirates of Ajman, north of UAE, despite all of the difficulties in location and funds. The task of finding the right crew came naturally, as he found NYFA alumni are the best to work with, as they have a high standard of understanding the demands of a film production.

    Humaid’s risk paid off, and he feels very satisfied on the results of his production. He is currently in the middle of post-production.

    We look forward to viewing the finished product!

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    April 30, 2015 • Abu Dhabi, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5139

  • Emirati Graduate Stars in Saudi TV Series

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    The Emirati graduate from the New York Film Academy “Fatima Al Taei” has her dream come true after completing the One Year Acting program in Abu Dhabi.

    The first long Saudi drama series When the Autumn Blooms has just started on the OSN HD network and will continue for 90 episodes. Fatima is playing one of the lead roles of a girl who faces the challenges of life in a complex society. Fatima is one of the many brilliant UAE national students who had their passion and turned it into a career.

    Congratulations to Fatima! We look forward to seeing more passionate UAE nationals on the silver screen.

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    September 10, 2014 • Abu Dhabi, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 7856

  • New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi Graduation Ceremony

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    NYFA Abu Dhabi

    Students taking New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi’s one-year filmmaking program have dedicated the past semester to their thesis film. They have been editing and polishing their original scripts and story-boarding their movies, which involves organizing visual images in chronological order to show at a glance the progression of the narrative.

    Higher percentage of Emirati students (UAE Nationals) than previous years were involved in the films, with new stories and documentaries.

    During the One-Year in Filmmaking, Students wrote, shot, directed and edited 8 short films, and their final pieces was on view to the public on the big screen with student’s families, cast, crew, and friends.

    The event took the place in VOX Cinema, Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi and welcomed the Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi who always providing inspiration each semester in his Q&A session at the Abu Dhabi campus.

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    June 18, 2014 • Abu Dhabi • Views: 5959

  • NYFA Abu Dhabi Acting Grads Selected into Dubai International Film Festival 2013

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    Congratulations to our two Emirati graduates, Ibrahim Al Khemeiri and Fatima Al Taei, who played the lead acting roles in three films were selected in the Dubai International Film Festival 2013.

    Ibrahim Al Khemeiri studied his first year at the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi and moved to the L.A. campus for his second year to complete his Associate in Fine Art degree in Acting for Film. Ibrahim is playing one of two lead roles in the film, Sunset State, a film that was selected in the Dubai International Film Festival 2013.

    Sunset State explores the fantasies, dreams and memories of two men: an American novelist and an Emirati college student. The nostalgic tale reveals that people are not creatures of logic, but rather emotion.

    Fatima Al Taei graduated from the One Year Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi. She played the lead roles in two short films: Don’t Leave Me, directed by Khalid Al Mahmood, who received many awards on his films and 13:37, directed by Eisa Al Sabousi.
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    November 27, 2013 • Abu Dhabi, Acting, Study Abroad • Views: 4233

  • NYFA Grad Wins at Abu Dhabi Film Festival

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    Abu Dhabi FF

    On Wednesday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for the Emirates Film Competition and the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Emirates Palace.

    Aisha Abdulla, an Emirati New York Film Academy graduate, received her award in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Emirates Short film competition for her short documentary film Against the Wind. The film was her final project in the 12-week evening program. Congratulations to Aisha!

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