x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Ali Mustafa set to judge at Tropfest Arabia

The Emirati filmmaker will represent the UAE on the jury of Tropfest Arabia on November 8.

The filmmaker Ali F Mustafa. Courtesy Tropfest Arabia
The filmmaker Ali F Mustafa. Courtesy Tropfest Arabia

The Emirati filmmaker Ali F Mustafa, best known for his 2009 film City of Life, will represent the UAE on the jury for the third edition of Tropfest Arabia on November 8 in Abu Dhabi.

Also on the panel are the Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk, the Syrian actor Basel Khayat, the Kuwaiti actor Khaled Amin and the Jordanian film producer Rula Nasser.

“Short-film creation is a great first step into a moviemaking ­career so Tropfest Arabia is a great opportunity for young filmmakers,” Mustafa said.

“If the festival had been around when I was starting out, I would have been the first to get my submission in. I’m really looking forward to being a judge on what is expected to be a fantastic night for filmmakers and for culture-loving Arabs and their families. With so much talent in our region, selecting the winner won’t be easy.”

Mustafa’s other credits include the online mini-series Classified. The 32-year-old announced his new feature film, titled A to B, at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year.

• Tropfest Arabia is on November 8 on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi. Entrance is free. Visit www.tropfest.com/arabia for more details

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