Dubai, United Arab Emirates 17 - 19 October 2019

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to estetico for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film A Moment will go on to represent Dubai against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

A Moment by estetico

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

Red Flag by North 24

Required Elements

  • Character: Kamal or Kayla AL-Khouri - A Math Genius
  • Prop: A light bulb
  • Line: "Can you hold this for a minute?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

Audience Favorite: Group B

A Moment by estetico

Best Writing

is it a good time to talk? by ARORA-UNSAFE

Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

Best Editing

FRACTION by Socialeyez

Best Directing

is it a good time to talk? by ARORA-UNSAFE

Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

Best Cinematography

El Pidas World by The Havn

Red Flag by North 24

Best Sound Design

Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

Best Music

The Equation by Arsenic

Best Actor

Akshay Arora is it a good time to talk? by ARORA-UNSAFE

Jihad Andary A Moment by estetico

Best Actress

Akika Boyle Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

Genette Harrison El Pidas World by The Havn

Best Effects

Red Flag by North 24

Best Costumes

The Bright Bunch by SCOPE

Best Use of Character

FRACTION by Socialeyez

Apartment No. π by Freedom Films

Best Use of Prop

Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

Red Flag by North 24

Best Use of Line

The Bright Bunch by SCOPE

The Equation by Arsenic

Most Original Concept

One Deep Breath by Manaret Dubai Crew

2019 Film List

  • 207 by FAST & SERIOUS
  • 3+1 is not fun by Montage productions

    The Musical thriller

  • A Different Kind of Love by Creative Konspiracy
  • A Moment by estetico

    "Looking for a moment that doesn't exist"

  • Apartment No. π by Freedom Films

    Two mathematicians setup to solve their life's most difficult equation.

  • Atypical Bond by G2

    An unexpected encounter between a hotel staff member and a frustrated mother leads to an unlikely friendship.

  • Confessions in a Concession by The Sacrificial Lamb
  • El Pidas World by The Havn
  • Elementary Brilliance by CallTime

    A school girl gets in trouble for being too smart.

  • Flick by Kampon
  • FRACTION by Socialeyez

    A brilliant Mathematician named Kamal has only minutes left on the clock to solve the equation before its too late.

  • Haunted Love by Artistic Kulture

    When you can't even see the only person that loves you.

  • is it a good time to talk? by ARORA-UNSAFE

    the movie's about the increasing cases of anxiety & depression amongst sport persons around the whole

  • JIJO SEBAN JOSE by Housefull Dubai

    The maths genius troubling her parents with puzzles on vacation.

  • Kayla by 145 Hillcrest Films

    A cop and his partner receive a call to a domestic disturbance. It will make him question all that he held dear in his life.

  • Loopers by Wine not?
  • Margin Of Error by Drama Galleries

    There are some aspects of life that cannot be calculated.

  • Maybe You are Wrong! by Show Don't Tell

    A young genius confronts stereotypical norms set by society and decides to not take no for an answer.

  • My Dear Friend by Matata

    Ignorance can lead to pain.

  • No Apologies by Dreamatic Production

    A female contract killer on the hunt for "runners" who discovers shocking facts while at the process.

  • Not Me by 100%ers
  • One Deep Breath by Manaret Dubai Crew

    In a world he could not save from a catastrophe of climate going rogue, a gravely ill mathematician is trying to save someone he loves, by giving her a chance to breathe freely again.

  • Oops, I did it again. by Alibi

    Two deranged scientists on a quest to the next greatest invention, but their loud personalities are the biggest hindrances to their success... What you think isn't always what it happens to be.

  • Ping by A3Q
  • Raw by Jassani productions
  • Red Flag by North 24

    If you are a cop, retirement isn't a choice..but just how you retire is.

  • Shattered Bond by Hybrid Films

    Two brothers went fo holiday and the argument start when each one wanted to fill the spot of responsibility.

  • Snapped by Cast N Crew
  • The Bright Bunch by SCOPE
  • The Equation by Arsenic
  • The Equation of Love by Team No Sleep

    A couple debates having their first child; one is on the side of logic and the other is on the side of love

  • The Odd One by Dice Filmz
  • Ting by Off Beat Studios

    Coming after the technology of a mysterious lightbulb, a spy finds herself in an odd situation with a frantic math genius.


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