The two Sunbird Award Competitions showcase short narrative and documentary films. All films are either made by Palestinian filmmakers or producers, or they refer to Palestine thematically. The Sunbird Production Award, now in its first edition, will support the shoot, post-production, and distribution of one Palestinian short film project, in cooperation with Aarhus Filmworkshop and MAD Solutions. Three international juries will announce the winners of the three Sunbird Awards during the Days of Cinema Closing Ceremony on October 23, 2017.
This year's Sunbird Awards will be awarded by:
Sunbird Award Competition for Documentary Films
Dr Anandi Ramamurthy / George Khleifi / Hala Galal
Sunbird Award Competition for Short Narrative Films
Emily Jacir / Serge Abiaad / Rebecca Cremona
Sunbird Production Award
Aage Rais / Alaa Karkouti / Enas al-Muthaffar
This small bird with a black beak, 12cm in height and 8kg in weight, finds itself forced to cope with overcrowded urban concrete buildings, in addition to the crawling desert: concrete spread over vast expanses of green agricultural land. It was forced to live in a different environment than the one it was meant to live in; an environment that has green forests, where the sunbird used to sit on tree branches - battling in order to keep its name: Palestinian Sunbird.
The designer Khaled Jarrar was born in Jenin in 1976 and nowadays 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's degree in Visual Arts 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.