Ayny Wins the Best Third Movie - Film Competition from Outside Iraq at the Qumrah International Film Festival
Director Ahmed Saleh's animation film Ayny received the Best Third Movie - Film Competition from Outside Iraq at the 2nd edition of the Qumrah International Film Festival in Iraq.
The Qumrah International Film Festival is an annual festival held in Basra, Iraq. The first edition of the festival was in April, 2016. This year's edition included 63 films and celebrates the Iraqi filmmakers. The Qumrah International Film Festival aims at introducing the city of Basra as a cultural city and not just a city of oil and money. The name of the festival "Qumrah" is referring to the Arabic meaning of "camera" and the Arab scientist Ibn Al-Haytham who made significant contributions to the principles of optics and visual perception.
Based on true events, Ayny follows two young boys who run away from their mother's protection and slack line on the danger of war to play music with the instrument they always dreamt to own. The film is written, directed, edited and voiced by Ahmad Saleh, music by Nizar Rohana, animated by Frank Pingel, DOP Lionel PoutiaireSom├ę, produced by Stefan Gieren, and its Arab world distribution will be handled by MAD Solutions. The film is a co-production between Germany, Jordan, and Palestine.
The Student Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Animation, Ayny landed its world premiere at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) where it completed within the Muhr Short competition.
The film took part in the Beirut Cinema Days and Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Animate Palestine Festival (Animate. Ps), Alfilm - Arab Film Festival Berlin and Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts.