CUD Assistant Professor uncovers next generation of filmmaking talent as judge for regional film festival

April 21st, 2019: Dr. Lakhdar Chadli, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has been selected as a member of the judging panel for the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival, taking place in Dubai this week. Dr. Chadli will join a distinguished group of fellow industry experts to judge the 10th annual edition of the competition.

The event has established a reputation for making a vital contribution to the regional film industry and provides a platform to showcase the talent, creativity and expertise of young filmmakers from around the region. Dr. Chadli has been selected as a member of the judging panel based on his extensive industry expertise as a multimedia professional, director, producer, lecturer and journalist. With 36 films to his name, Dr. Chadli brings over 30 years of industry experience to the panel, as well as to his teaching at CUD.

Under the patronage of Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the Festival invites students from across the MENA region to submit a documentary, narrative or animation to be assessed by the industry judging panel. This year’s event pays tribute to the UAE Year of Tolerance, with a special award for the film that most effectively communicates the themes of compassion, peace and understanding.

During the Festival there will also be a series of workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses addressing diverse aspects of the filmmaking industry. Dr. Chadli will be among the speakers in a masterclass addressing the subject, ‘Beauty and Tolerance between Art and Cinema’.

Speaking about the session, Dr. Chadli said, “Arts can play a central part in the creation of culture and in the deep core of any culture lies important concepts such as difference, diversity and above all, tolerance, as well as the ability of the art lover to accept otherness. This masterclass will showcase a new wave of young filmmakers in the MENA region, who are adding a fresh perspective associated with greater cinematic expertise.”

Reflecting on the competition entries from students across the 16 participating countries, Dr. Chadli concluded, “We have seen immense diversity in the way this year’s theme has been represented in these films, with the most original ideas bringing humanity and technology together in creating powerful messages to promote tolerance among the next generation.”

Dr. Chadli is already preparing for the next edition of the event, which will be held under the theme ‘Diversity and Artistic Creation’, where he will again take part in the selection of films, as well as contributing to a discussion forum on Youth Cinema. CUD student will also be participating in the creation of visual projects to showcase at the event.