x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Artists create placards for Dubai film festival

They're not filmmakers, but they were asked to create images of the spirit behind the Dubai International Film Festival.

DUBAI // They're not filmmakers, but they were asked to create images of the spirit behind the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff).

Ten winners were chosen out of dozens of artists who submitted work for the competition.

The contest called on art enthusiasts from across the Gulf region, whether self-taught, student or professional, to use photography, painting, sketching, computer-aided illustrations or any other form of 2-D work to create posters that would "Capture the Essence of Diff".

That was alsothe title for the competition, announced in October.

An independent jury rated the submissions according to creativity, originality and relevance.

The winners, announced yesterday, are: Midori Yoshino, Hala Gebran, Harold Bravo Cabansag, Shamsa Al Nabooda, Hadeel Walid, Ishita B. Saha, Romy Ravinoran, Salim Stephan, Basma Hamdy and Zeenathul Dhahlan.

Each winning artist received special-access packs to the festival, including a 25-ticket voucher pack and a gala ticket pack with access to select red carpet gala screenings.

Basma Hamdy, 33, an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Sharjah's college of fine arts and design, won for her computer-aided graphic illustration, Kaleidoscope.

"I was inspired by a number of things, mainly Arabic, geometric patterns combined with typography," said the Egyptian graphic designer.

"I also tried to add elements of things relating to the film festival, like film reels."

Ms Hamdy has been making the most of her free tickets.

"I love the festival; I've watched so many movies so far and I got to attend such an impressive gala."

The competition, she said, is a great opportunity for creative people to pitch in and take part in the festival, but no indication of what will be done with the winning designs was given to any of the winners.

"I thought they would choose one of the posters to use in the festival's marketing campaign, but they may have run out of time," she said.

hkhalaf@thenational.ae