Audience Award

An Audience Award for favorite film will be presented.

Cultural Ambassador Prize

Also offered this year will be the Cultural Ambassador Prize sponsored by The Arab Gulf States Institute of Washington. The jurors are:

  • Thomas Gorguissian
    Journalist specializing in Arab film, culture and politics.
  • Mokhless al-Hariri
    Arts Patron and President of the Georgetown Design Group, Inc.
  • Raymond Karam
    Director of Program Outreach and Communication, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Winners from Previous Festivals

Audience Award

  • 2016: Hepta, The Last Lecture, directed by Hadi El Bagoury.
  • 2015: I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, directed by Khadija Al Salami.
  • 2014: Ghadi, directed by Amin Dora.
  • 2013: Jews of Egypt, directed by Amir Ramses.
  • 2012: El Gusto, directed by Safinez Bousbia.
    Talent to Watch Award: Heels of War, directed by Joe Bou Eid.
  • 2011: Cairo 678, directed by Mohamed Diab.
  • 2010: City of Life, directed by Ali Mostafa.
  • 2009: Masquerades, directed by Lyes Salem.
  • 2008: Slingshot Hip Hop, directed by Jackie Salloum.
  • 2007: Driving to Zigzigland, directed by Nicole Ballivian.
    Short Cuts: Arab in America, directed by Nabil Abou-Harb.
  • 2006: A New Day in Old Sana'a, directed by Bader Ben Hirsi.
  • 2005: Sabah, directed by Ruba Nadda.

Jury Award

  • 2016: Good Luck Algeria, directed by Farid Bentoumi.
  • 2015: I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, directed by Khadija Al Salami.

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