Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Bad Hunter has won the Jury Prize in the Muhr Short Film Competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (10-17 December). It’s the third international award for Kalifa’s newest film, while his previous short Baghdad Messi continues its awards spree.

Bad HunterIn Bad Hunter, Kalifa tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz who goes to the mountains to hunt every day, but catches very little. Today, however, will change his life for ever. The film was presented in Dubai’s Muhr Short Film Competition, a collection of 15 films originating from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world.

The Jury Prize comes with a sum of 25,000 AED (about $7,000) and is number three in the film’s awards tally. Bad Hunter previously won a Jury Award at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it premiered last summer; and picked up a Silver at Spike Valladolid. In January, the film is confirmed to screen at Australia’s Oscar-qualifying Flickerfest.

Meanwhile Kalifa’s previous short, Baghdad Messi, which premiered in 2013, continues its international festival run, recently adding another two awards - in Bangladesh and Iraq - to its portfolio, which so far boasts 44 awards and four special mentions.

Kalifa is currently developing his feature film debut, Zagros, produced by Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem for A Private View (Marry Me, Bad Hunter). Van Rijckeghem also co-scripted Bad Hunter together with Kalifa. Principal photography was by Kamiran Betasi, with Joren Desmidt and Alain Dessauvage as editors. Kobe Van Steenberghe and Hendrik Verthé produced Baghdad Messi for a team productions (Image). Both shorts received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 5 January 2015

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