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Feeding Five Hundred is one of the results of a very interesting initiative developed by the media company twofour54 who are based in Abu Dhabi ( They are driving the development of the creative skills of young Arabs across the MENEM region (Middle East and North Africa. And with some considerable success particularly in terms of film productions: 177 film festival acceptances and 23 awards to date. twofour54 supports talent and content development, creativity and young entrepreneurs. To enable this they have set up 'creative lab' which loans equipment, and gives mentoring. Since its establishment in 2010 creative lab has worked across all media platforms, including short film, music, digital such as apps and webisodes, and completed 57 projects in which over 500 young Arabs have participated. This signals an example of the growing interest in media and filmmaking amongst young people in Abu Dhabi and the wave of creatives coming out of this young.  

Feeding Five Hundred has been directed by a 25 year old Emirati called Rafed Alharthi and it has gained the honour of being chosen for competition at the forthcoming Encounters Film and Animation Festival in Bristol Feeding Five Hundred is the only Arab film in competition and in fact the only Arab film to have ever been chosen by this very prestigious festival. It was picked from 2,372 entries and will screen on Wednesday September 18th at 5:30pm at The Watershed cinema 3, followed by a Q+A on stage with the director and one of the producers.

As well as being selected for the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Feeding Five Hundred has also been screened at three international festivals this year: Ismaïlia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films, Egypt; Cinemadamare, Italy; Two Riversides, Poland; and flEXiff - and it has been accepted for four more: Cinewest, Australia; Nour Festival of Arts, UK; Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon and Festival International du Court Métrage, France.

Please find the trailer here:  




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