Having Its Theatrical Run in Egypt Through the Oscars Shorts Programme
Ayny by Director Ahmad Saleh Wins the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in the US
Director Ahmad Saleh's animated short film Ayny won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in Minnesota, USA. Currently, Ayny is havingits theatrical run in Egypt through the Oscars Shorts programme, the first programme of its kind in the Arab world that specializes in screening exceptional Arab short films that made it to the Oscars.
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 Poutiaire Som├ę, produced by Stefan Gieren, and its Arab world distribution is handled by MAD Solutions. The film is a co-production between Germany, Jordan, and Palestine.
Ayny won more than 20 international awards so far, including the Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Animation, Best Animation at the Lebanon International Film Festival, and the Best Short Film award at Valletta Film Festival in Malta.
The film made its world premiere in the Muhr Short competition of the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Ayny also screened at the Palm Springs International Shortfest in California, USA, which is an Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying festival. The film's festival participations include: Beirut Cinema Days, Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Animate. Ps (Palestine Animation Festival), ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin, Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Festival Cin├ę-Palestine in Paris.
Recently, Ahmad Saleh finished another Master's study in Film, in which he wrote the short film Circle, directed the short film MaaBaa and started writing his first feature. His graduation project Ayny won a Golden Oscar at the Student Academy Awards 2016 in the Foreign Animation category.