Alwan 3rd i Awards: Award Winners Announced!

Wed, February 25, 2015 11:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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2nd ALWAN 3rd i AWARDS Winners Announced!

It is with great pleasure that Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY announce this year's Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition Winners

Best Short Film ($1000)
DEPARTURES by Wissam Tanios

Short Film Audience Award ($500)
ASWAT (VOICES) by Hussain Alriffaei

Best Video Art Production ($1000)
KHALID'S CAMEL by Brian Zegeer

Video Art Production Audience Award ($500)

Alwan and 3rd i NY want to congratulate all the award winners and also give our sincere and special thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted films and video art productions this year. The selection was wonderful, with many films and productions of great caliber making the jury selection's final decisions very difficult!

Stay tuned for a screening of runner-up films later this spring!

The Alwan 3rd i Awards aims to present the very best in recent short films and video art that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia, as well as their global diasporas


Best Short Film
by Wissam Tanios
15'7"| Lebanon | 2013
Arabic with English Subtitles

Walid is conflicted about leaving the country for a better job abroad, due to his friend’s Omar intrusive visit at his family home.

Cast: Walid Khoury, Hiam Abou Shedid, Malek Rizkallah, Julia El Rami, Andrea Maydah
Director: Wissam Tanios
Director of Photography: Fadi El Samra
Producers: Ghida Mahfouz, Rita Khoury
Editors: Perla Kherlakian, Fadi El Samra
Sound Editing and Mixing: Marie Lynn Nasrallah

Screening history/awards: MedFilm Festival, Rome - June 2013; FID Campus Marseille - July 2013; Lebanese Film Festival Sydney - August 2013; 20th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey - September 2013; Beirut Int’ Film Festival, Lebanon - October 2013; Original Narrative Film Festival, Dubai - February 2014.

Born on the 4th of November 1989 in Beirut, Wissam Tanios developed a passion for acting and movies at a young age. He began his studies in 2008 at IESAV majoring in cinema. Being faithful to his love for the arts, he appeared in several TV commercials and a few theatrical productions. Cinema that tackles subjects like family, detachment and relationships is his favorite. His sister Carla remains his source of inspiration. His documentary “Aftermath” won Best Documentary at the 10th Lebanese Film Festival in 2012. It was also selected for five different international and local film festivals around the world, including the Oriental film Festival at Geneva. "Departures" is his second short film.

Short Film Audience Award
VOICES (Aswat)
by Hussain AlRiffaei
3'45"| Bahrain | 2012

An old woman, physically present in her life, does her daily duties in a monotonous way, but spiritually, lives in another reality.

Written, Produced & Directed by Hussain AlRiffaei
Cast: Shafeeka Yousif
Director of photography: Mazen Adel
Lighting: Jaffar Mohammed
Sound: K.K.Jose
Make up: Yasser Saif
Production Coordinator: Saleh AlDhaan
Technical Services: Home Art Productions, Ad Mark Productions
Sound Mix: Nader Ameeruldeen
Editing: Mohammed Yehia

Screening history/awards:
Gulf film festival – Dubai 2012; Lucerne International Film Festival – Switzerland 2012; Award of Merit, London Lift-Off Film Festival – London 2012; Ionian International Digital Film Festival – Greece 2012, Award: Best Director; The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – California 2012, Award: Best Short Film “Diamond”; European independent Film Festival – Paris 2012, Award: Best Editing; Byron Bay International Film Festival – Australia 2013; GCC Film Festival – Kuwait 2013; The Pineapple Underground Film Festival – Hong Kong 2013; Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival California 2013; Cabriolet Film Festival – Lebanon 2013; European independent Film Festival – Barcelona 2013; International Film Awards Berlin – Aug 2013; Award: Best Super short film, Clare Valley Film Festival – Australia 2013, Award: Audience Choice Award; National Unity International Film Festival – Bahrain 2014; Arab Film Festival Berlin – March 2014; Cross Roads USA - May 2014

Hussain AlRiffaei has worked in many theatrical, TV and film productions as an actor and assistant director in Bahrain and throughout the Arab region. He has written two short films: There (2011) and Voices (2012), and produced and directed four short films: A Dinner (2008), The Cage (2009), There (2011) and Voices (2012).


Best Video Art Production Award
by Brian Zegeer
2'30" | USA | 2014

Khalid's Camel
recounts an episode from Ameen Rihani's 1911 novel, The Book of Khalid,
visualizing the protagonist's efforts to raise money for sea passage to America as a progressive metamorphosis that speaks to contemporaneous European models of spiritual and societal evolution, and the fraught process of identity construction for first-generation immigrants.

Brian Zegeer was born in Lexington, KY. His works encounter the Appalachian and Lebanese landscapes of his parentage as highly­ charged networks of affiliation and group narrative. Zegeer believes that the process of stop­motion animation can catalyze objects in the landscape to reveal their metaphoric, political, and forensic content­the ghosts of their obscure histories. In 2015, at the Queens Museum, Zegeer will stage the Little Syria Archive, a collection of historical artifacts, stereoscopic 3D animations, and public encounters transcribing the history and notable luminaries of New York’s first Arabic enclave. Zegeer also co­hosts the interview­based radio program I Ran into Iran (Creativetime Reports, ResonanceFM, London). He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2010, and has recently shown at The Queens Museum, The Delaware Art Museum, The Jersey City Museum, Louis V. ESP, Regina Rex, Elga Wimmer Gallery, and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.

Video Art Production Audience Award
by Hira Nabi
7'42" | USA | 2014

A father writes a future letter to his daughter while filming her early childhood. Set in Portugal and Germany, in the early 90s, this short layers the personal and the political, weaving together the narratives of immigration, memory, political upheaval, and fatherhood.


Hira Nabi works with film, video, archival material, sound, and text to build layers of meaning out of every day events. She works with memory, nostalgia, and daily rituals as an aesthetic trope. Using the camera as a form of archiving, and as documentation of the continuous present, her work is experimental in its splicing of fiction and documentary. She is currently studying audio production, and researching cinematic spaces at the New School. She graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in video and post colonial theory. She is from Lahore, Pakistan and is an itinerant media artist. Her work has shown in New York, Havana, Mexico City, Karachi, and Lahore.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.


Last updated: 2015-02-26 17:39:34

Best Short Film:
Best Short Film: "Departures" by Wissam Tanios
Short Film Audience Award:
Short Film Audience Award: "Aswat" ("Voices") by Hussain Alriffaei
Best Video Art Production:
Best Video Art Production: "Khaled's Camel" by Brian Zegeer
Video Art Production Audience Award:
Video Art Production Audience Award: "Here and Elsewhere" by Hira Nabi

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