Cairo festival winners announced

The ninth Cairo Radio and Television festival, which concluded last month, saw many new artistes in the Middle East win recognition for their work.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  August 13, 2003

The ninth Cairo Radio and Television festival, which concluded last month, saw many new artistes in the Middle East win recognition for their work. Sharjah TV, the Mass Communication Department of the Dubai Police and Oman TV were among the success stories in the biggest contest to date.

The Mass Communication Department of the Dubai Police won awards for best screenplay and best actress for its 29-minute film titled Jawharah, which depicts the life of a young UAE national woman. The film, produced as part of a long-term strategy by the police department to reduce the rate of crime in the country, was directed by Hani Al Shibani. Several Omani artistes clinched gongs at the festival. Oman TV won several awards for its programmes, including a silver for A Family Affair, directed by Qais Ba Omar and a bronze for Cultural Circles, a programme jointly produced by Meya Al Habsi and Hameed Al Balushi.

The most elated of the lot was Sharjah TV’s animation designer, Sirajudeen PS, who won the gold medal for best graphics animation. His award winning logo was created for Sharjah TV with various landmarks of the emirate designed as part of the lettering. According to the animation designer, special effects is gradually developing in the UAE. “It is now being recognised as an important part of the whole broadcasting process,” says Sirajudeen, who feels that these awards will encourage governments in the region to invest more efforts into nurturing local talent and aid the overall growth of the region’s broadcast industry.

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