The Sharjah International Film Festival has appointed a 19-member jury with experts including filmmakers Nayla Al Khaja, Ali Mustafa and animator Mohammad Saeed Harib to judge the entries for its fifth edition.
The panel, which also included Saudi Arabian actor Ebrahim Al Hsawi, Emirati actor Marie Al Halyan and screenwriter Mohammad Hassan Ahmad, will evaluate entries in seven categories such as the Best Short GCC Film, the Best Student Film and the Best animation.
The entries will be assessed on several criteria such as the message, objectives, standards used for implementation, innovation and creativity.
“The jury includes a host of experienced members in the field of arts and media, who will nurture and enrich the festival’s fifth edition. The winners will be the most professional and innovative entries with artistic and technical excellence and a positive attitude reflecting the values we all strive to uphold. These, once again, will elevate the status of the festival on a global platform,” said Shaikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of SICFF, in a statement.