Films on cyber bullying, dangerous driving win big at THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival
The short film “Cyber Bullying” won Best Picture at the 6th annual THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival held in Doha last weekend. The documentary by Barnaby Duffy of Singapore is a compelling animated short that outlines the origins, ramifications and potential solutions to the cyber bullying problem. The film was among 55 submissions from high school students worldwide.
The annual event is a collaboration between THIMUN Qatar and Northwestern University in Qatar. Each year, high school students from around the world are invited to submit a four to eight minute documentary on a social issue. The films are judged by a panel of NU-Q faculty members who are experts in media and communication, film studies and the making of documentaries.
Two of the award-winning documentaries addressed the subject of dangerous driving, a pressing problem in Qatar and other gulf countries. Qatar’s Sana Al-Ansari won Best National Picture for “If They Only Knew,” about the culture of dangerous driving among young Qatari men. The Best Editing award went to Charlie Cracknell of the UAE for “Safe Driving Saves Lives.”
Rounding out the winners from the Middle East, Doha student Dulshan Jayasekara won Best Sound for “The Tipping Point,” a film about the pressures and anxieties teens face.
Three international submissions won for Best Story, Best Junior Picture and Best Cinematography: “Hands of a Woman,” by Ecuador’s Miguel Andrade; Ek Kahaani by Mahima Singh, and “Blind Owl,” an experimental film by Istanbul’s Ibrahim Furqan.
The winners were announced at the Gala Awards Night on April 4, 2015. All of the winning submissions, as well as the nominated films, are available on the THIMUN Qatar YouTube channel.