Awards & Juries
The 2013 BEV Festival Awards were announced at a special presentation on 10 April alongside our Festival Closing Night Gala.
ON THE EDGE, dir Leila Kilani
A unique, utterly consuming and brilliantly fast-paced drama following two young women as they plunge into the dark heart of modern Morocco.
Jurors: Sally El Hosaini (Director, LFF Award-winner My Brother The Devil), Nikki Baughan (Editor, movieScope) & Omar Al-Qattan (Qattan Foundation / Mosaic Rooms).
They said: "Audacious and outrageous just like its central character Badia, On The Edge bursts with kinetic energy."
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, dir Eliane Raheb
A heart-stopping account of attempts at reconciliation after Lebanon's civil war, asking if redemption and forgiveness are ever really possible.
Jurors: Wendy Ide (The Times), Jenny Horwell (DocHouse) & Eva Weber (Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award-winner).
They said: "Raheb holds a mirror up to her country, and forces it to look at its scars, even as she acknowledges that they may never fully heal."
A special mention went to Gaza Calling dir. Nahed Awwad, which they said "is keenly observed, and brings home the strength of family and the stress of division."
Emerging Talent Award (Short Film)
SOUBRESAUTS, dir Leyla Bouzid
A powerful portrait of taboos and inhibition among the Tunisian middle classes.
Jurors: Haifaa Al Mansour (Director, Venice Award-winner Wadjda), Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) & Rebecca Brand (Women in Film & TV).
They said: "Subtle and assured storytelling; a touching portrayal of the complex emotional bond between mothers and daughters in the Arab world."
A special mention went to The Wall, dir. Odette Makhlouf Mouarkech, for its "strong characterisation and formal aesthetic ambition."