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About The Sun Bird Award

The Award:

Filmlab: Palestine launches for the first time the Sun Bird Award. It's a competition for short narrative & Documentary films that were produced during 2013 or later. Competition was open for young filmmakers from all nationalities at the age of 35 and younger (at the time of production) , and the Film’s topic/story must have taken place in Palestine or about Palestine.


The Sunbird:

This special Small bird that is 12cm in height , 8 kgs in weight with the black beak finds itself forced to cope with overcrowded urban concrete buildings, in addition to the crawling desert, crawl concrete spread over vast expanses of green agricultural land. It was forced to live in a different environment than the one it was used to live in, an environment that has green forests, this bird that stood on  the tree branches.
Battling in order to keep its name "Palestinian Sunbird


The Designer:

Khaled Jarrar
Born in Jenin in 1976, Khaled Jarrar lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar completed his education in Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and later graduated from the International Academy of Art Palestine with a Bachelor in Visual Arts degree in 2011. The following year, his documentary The Infiltrators (2012) won several accolades at the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival.
With photographs, videos, installations, films, and performative interventions focused on his native Palestine, multidisciplinary artist Khaled Jarrar explores the sociocultural impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens. The everyday subjects of Jarrar’s reflective work are contextualised in ways that draw attention to the severity of the issues he examines, giving the political content of his art greater significance while underscoring the autobiographical nature of his chosen themes.

Sun Bird Award Jury

For the Short feature :
Suha Arraf 
Maike Hohne 
Saleh Bakri

For the Documentary :
Majdi El-Omari
Irit Neidhardt 
Ola Alsheikh