ABU DHABI-- Fourteen films out of 50 entries from 15 countries are competing for six awards at the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival (ZUMEFF), the Middle- East wide film festival for students by students, which will get underway on Sunday, 30th April, under the patronage of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and President of Zayed University, at the ZU Abu Dhabi campus.

Now in its eighth year, the two-day event showcases the best films from universities across the region.

Six films from Jordan, Germany, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar and UAE are vying for awards for the Best of Best Film, Best Narrative Film, Best Animation Film, Best Documentary, Best Happiness, Tolerance and Positivity Award, and the twofour54 Aspiring Filmmaker Award.

Sheikha Lubna will attend the awards ceremony on Monday in the presence of VIP guests, renowned filmmakers, doyens of the movies industry and celebrities.

This festival will host two workshops on software skills and documentary filmmaking.

ZUMEFF was established in 2010 as a graduation project by two Zayed University students Al Yazyah Al Falasi, Reema Majed and Faculty Director Alia Yunis, to showcase cinematographic works of students and encourage young filmmakers in the region.

The festival serves as an upper-level festival management class in the University's College of Communication and Media Sciences at Zayed University.

Last year, the festival showed 160 films from more than 40 universities and 16 countries from the Middle East.

Source: Emirates News Agency