Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Expo 2020 Dubai awarded in Cannes, France

‘The Turtle’ nets ‘Golden Dolphin’

The Turtle, a film made for showing at the UAE Pavilion at the Expo 2012 Yeosu, Korea, has won the top award in its class at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Festival.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

Dubai – 24/10/2012

After The Turtle‘s enthusiastic reception in Korea, where the UAE pavilion achieved a Silver Medal, beating all its competitors except China, the film’s success in Cannes was warmly received by a large gathering of some of the world’s top filmmakers.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

The star of the evening and the actor chosen to receive the award on behalf of both the filmmakers and the UAE’s National Media Council was Ahmed Al Dahouri, a young schoolboy from Ras Al Khaimah, who has no formal training as an actor but whose performance in The Turtle has been described as “inspirational,” “deeply emotional” and “mature”.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

In a speech of appreciation at the award ceremony, in front of an audience of commissioning agents, film producers, directors and experienced actors, Ahmed thanked the production team for guiding his first steps into the world of film and mentioned that he was quite shocked to be standing on stage after his first performance.

He also made a plea from the heart that film producers should continue to play their role in raising awareness of key environmental issues.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

“This film has focused a bright light on just one of the actions the UAE is taking to reduce pollution and protect the environment”, he said. “There are many others and highlighting such issues among the general public can have a really positive influence.

“As a young person who worries about what we are doing to our planet, I believe that we have a responsibility to influence change. I think films can play a big role in this,” he added.
Congratulations to Ahmed and the film production team were received from key figures in the UAE, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who commented that he found the film both moving and engaging and had been deeply impressed by the quality of the production, particularly the performances by Emirati actors.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

A message was also received from Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi, who thanked Ahmed for his strong performance in the film and also for his recent contribution to “Ali’s Film,” in support of Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo in 2020.

“You are a great ambassador for the UAE,” she told the young Ahmed, adding, “We hope that you will be with us when we win the bid to host Expo 2020.”

The Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards is one of the most important festivals worldwide for corporate films, on-line media and TV documentaries and is the biggest of its kind in Europe. The present festival included 666 entries from 35 countries.

Find the movie The Turtle on the site of Dubai 2020 :

About the UAE bid for the World Expo 2020, Dubai is vying with four other candidate cities to host the World Expo 2020 Ayutthaya (Thailand), Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey ) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The city will host the World Expo will be selected in November 2013 after a vote by the 161 member countries of theBureau International des Exposition, the international oragnization responsible for overseeing the calendar, applications, selection and organization of the World Expos.

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