2016 Dubai International Film Festival Awards
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 14: Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (C) with award winners during the Muhr Awards on day eight of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 14, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has closed its curtains on the 13th edition with the presentation of the heavily contested Muhr Award winners.

Winning the Best Director in the Muhr Emirati category was Yaser Alneyadi for his thrilling film ‘Shrimp’, winner of the Best Emirati Feature went to ‘Only Men go to the Grave’ directed by Abdulla Al Kaabi, whilst ‘Mamsous’ directed by Shatha Masoud was named Best Muhr Emirati Short.

In the Muhr Shorts category, Special Jury Prize went to Mounia Akl for ‘Submarine’ and the Best Muhr Short went to gifted director Mehdi M. Barsaoui for ‘We Are Just Fine Like This’. In the Muhr Gulf Short category, Best Muhr Gulf Short went to the deserving Bader Alhomoud for ‘The Bliss of Being No One’, and Mohammed Alholayyil was awarded the Special Jury Prize for his compelling film ‘300KM’.

The Muhr Feature category saw Eliane Raheb awarded the Special Jury Prize for her feature ‘Those Who Remain’, while Maher Abi Samra was presented with the Best Muhr Non-Fiction Feature prize for ‘A Maid for Each’, and winner of the Best Muhr Fiction Feature was handed to Hussein Hassan for ‘The Dark Wind’. Best Director was presented to Mohammed Hammad for his outstanding film ‘Withered Green’, while Julia Kassar took home Best Actress for her work in ‘Tramontane’ and Ali Sobhi took home Best Actor for ‘Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim’.

Committed to fostering the growth of the local and international film industry, DIFF also distributed a range of awards to a selection of talented individuals in recognition of their exceptional efforts in supporting the Festival. Viraj Asher from Manipal University was presented with the Young Journalist Award for his tireless work reporting from the Festival with the support of the region’s leading media outlet, Gulf News. The Emirates NBD People’s Choice Award was presented to Michel Boujenah for his outstanding film ‘Heartstrings’, as judged by DIFF’s diverse audiences, and Darin Sallam stole the spotlight by winning the Ministry of Interior Award, along with the prize of USD 100,000, for ‘Best Societal Screenplay’.

The dates for next year’s Festival, which will mark DIFF’s landmark 14th edition, have been confirmed as 6th – 13th December. The Festival will take place at Madinat Jumeriah, the home of DIFF.

2016Dubai International Film Festival MUHR EMIRATI AWARDS

BEST DIRECTOR
SHRIMP
United Arab Emirates
YASER ALNEYADI (DIRECTOR)

BEST MUHR EMIRATI SHORT
MAMSOUS
United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia
SHATHA MASOUD (DIRECTOR)

BEST MUHR EMIRATI FEATURE
ONLY MEN GO TO THE GRAVE
United Arab Emirates and Iran
ABDULLA AL KAABI (DIRECTOR)
MUHR GULF SHORT AWARDS

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
300KM
Saudi Arabia
MOHAMMED ALHOLAYYIL (DIRECTOR)

BEST MUHR GULF SHORT
THE BLISS OF BEING NO ONE
Saudi Arabia
BADER ALHOMOUD (DIRECTOR)
MUHR SHORT AWARDS

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
SUBMARINE
Lebanon
MOUNIA AKL (DIRECTOR)

BEST MUHR SHORT
WE ARE JUST FINE LIKE THIS
Tunisia
MEHDI M. BARSAOUI (DIRECTOR)
MUHR FEATURE AWARDS

BEST ACTRESS
TRAMONTANE
Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and France
JULIA KASSAR (CAST)

BEST ACTOR
ALI, THE GOAT, AND IBRAHIM
Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France and Qatar
ALI SOBHI (CAST)

BEST DIRECTOR
WITHERED GREEN
Egypt
MOHAMMED HAMMAD (DIRECTOR)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE MUHR FEATURE
THOSE WHO REMAIN
Lebanon and United Arab Emirates
ELIANE RAHEB (DIRECTOR)

BEST MUHR NON-FICTION FEATURE
A MAID FOR EACH
Lebanon, France, Norway and United Arab Emirates
MAHER ABI SAMRA (DIRECTOR)

BEST MUHR FICTION FEATURE
THE DARK WIND
Iraq, Germany and Qatar
HUSSEIN HASSAN (DIRECTOR)
THE EMIRATES NBD PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

BEST FILM
HEARTSTRINGS
France
MICHEL BOUJENAH (DIRECTOR)

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