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Just prior to his release from prison, Ted Evans receives a threat from the man whose family he killed in a DUI – ‘if you make contact with your family, I’ll kill them’. Believing that the danger is
real, Ted exiles himself to a reclusive life to protect his family...

BEST FEATURE FILM (Live Action)

Exile (Directed by Jason James)

BEST ACTOR

Riku TANAKA (A Haircut for the Hina Doll)

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The man who is an assistant hairstylist makes an effort to keep his promise by cutting his first love's hair as his first customer. But she has little time to live due to her severe illness.

BEST ACTRESS

Marly Monteiro Klien (When The Music Stops)

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This film is a journey in itself; an actress -reuniting with ghosts of her past, fragments of her memory, and learning to cope with the heartache of desires stolen by years she sees gone before her- finds herself on the cusp of a new beginning in her life and career.

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Cuba in Africa (Directed by Negash Abdurahman)

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The dramatic untold story of 420,000 Cubans– soldiers and teachers, doctors and nurses– who gave everything to end colonial rule and apartheid in Southern Africa.

BEST STUDENT FILM (Short)

To smile or not to smile (Directed by Bashar Al Murabea)


 

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A man can not show his emotions.
He get's a tool from a stranger, that should help him.
But it turns into a helpless direction.

BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER

Okay ( Directed by Yasmine Aker, Elliot Knight)

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A glimpse into the life of an Iranian-American woman, as she teeters on the brink of crisis following a run of unfortunate events. Caught in financial ruin, struggling with a recent divorce, and battling mental health issues ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorder, imposter syndrome, and addiction – her dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie star begin to disintegrate.

BEST DIRECTOR

A Haircut for the Hina Doll (Directed by Minoru MIZOGUCHI)

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The man who is an assistant hairstylist makes an effort to keep his promise by cutting his first love's hair as his first customer. But she has little time to live due to her severe illness.

BEST EDITOR

Al Malek Al Khales (The Pure King) (Directed by Youssef Ashraf)

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Youssef, a delusional graffiti artist, has several alter egos. The short film, 'Al Malek Al Khales', is Youssef's journey to find his identity by understanding his relationship with his graffiti art while his alters help him.

BEST SHORT ANIMATION

The Pillar Of Strength (Directed by Ayie Ibrahim)

 

When human beings value the life of nature, where they respect and learn from it, then it can strengthen the loving relationship between nature and human...

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BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Demi-Gods (Directed by Martin Gerigk)

What is the human experience of war, narcissism and ecological destruction? Demi-Gods addresses these three dark aspects of humanity in the form of a musical and visual essay.

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HONORABLE MENTION

  • Peter Five Eight ( Directed by Michael Zaiko Hall)

  • DEADLINE (Directed by Shihan Shoukath)

  • Henna (Directed by Hanaan Louis)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM

Mirror (Directed by Siddhant Sarin, Debankon S. Solanky)

A momentary act of revenge transformed the lives of two young Indian women forever. After surviving an acid attack, while carrying scars of human brutality on their face, both Ritu and Faraha learn to redefine their lives through a sea of odd currents daily...

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