Tropfest Arabia Featured Films

  • Sami Elgalabi “Until Then”

    ‘Until Then’ is about a young scientist living in troubled times. He uses a time travelling machine to get a glimpse of a brighter future. When he returns, he tells his mother about what he has seen and how the world will become a better place to live in.

  • Haidy Ibrahim “Hope”

    ‘Hope’ is a silent film. It opens showing a man with no arms contemplating a plate of food; a laptop and a guitar – all things he can’t handle in the normal way. But despite his disability, the star of the film is full of hope and smiling. In the closing scene, he juggles a soccer ball.

  • Mohammed Al-Asbahi “Adults Only”

    Adults Only is a tragic story of a young girl called Amal whose dreams of a better life are snatched away when her mother decides to marry her off to an old man. The film concludes with a warning; marriage is for adults only.

  • Amr Kamal “Numbers”

    Amr Kamal’s film ‘Numbers’ is a short film about how people are depicted on the TV news and in newspapers simply as numbers

  • Gilbert Kahawaty “Unvisited”

    Jeanette is a lonely old lady in a retirement home. Her eight year old grandson makes a plan to help her escape and celebrate his birthday. But the nephew’s plan is foiled by his parents, leaving Jeanette to spend yet more time alone, waiting for a visit

  • Patrick Mouzawak “The Fly”

    The buzz of a fly awakens a man from his sleep. He finds a peaceful demonstration taking place outside of his bedroom window. A series of events leads our antagonist to the realization that he has an unlikely role in controlling the outcome of the protest without him being aware of it.

  • Khulood Alnajjar “The Three Pyjamas”

    Kholoud Alnajjar’s film, ‘The Three Pyjamas’ is a drama portraying one woman’s solution to protect herself from her brother’s harassment.

  • Mohamed Islem Cherchali “The Journey”

    Salim, a salesman who dreamed of being a scuba-diver, is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He struggles with pain and despair but as the illness takes hold, he finds hope and remembers his dream. Salim dives into the ocean and swims into the horizon.

  • Andria Zakria Anwer “Hard Time”

    ‘Hard Time’ features three youngsters brainstorming ideas for their TROPFEST Arabia entries. After a series of creative ideas is discussed they’re surprised to find that time has defeated them and that they’ve missed the entry deadline.

  • Peter Aziz Sedki “Daye”

    A young girl whose brother disapproves of her dress is then harassed on a bus. Later, in her bedroom she feels wistful and sad. She notices the clock ticking and then, feeling the warmth of the sunlight through the window, hopeful thoughts transport her to a faraway place by the sea.

  • Nourhan Samy “A Moment of Hope”

    A street child longs for a toy he sees in a shop and works diligently to save for it. But when he goes to buy the item, the shop owner refuses and instead sells it to another child with a family. His moment of hope is dashed.

Latest News


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John Polson, Tropfest Festival Founder & Director, today announced that Tropfest is looking for a new partner to host the Middle Eastern edition of the world’s largest short film festival. Tropfest Arabia, which spans 33 territories across the Middle East and North Africa, was established in partnership with Abu Dhabi-based media agency twofour54, in 2011.... Read more

Samer Nsrallah Wins TROPFEST Arabia 2013 with ‘The Runner’

Posted in Blog on Sunday 10.11.13

A young Syrian filmmaker has won the third annual edition of TROPFEST Arabia. Samer Nsrallah was awarded first prize by a judging panel of five celebrities from around the Middle East and North Africa, including: Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mustafa; Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk; Syria’s popular actor Basel Khayat; renowned Kuwaiti actor Khaled Amin; and... Read more

Pop Star Ramy Ayach live on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche during TROPFEST Arabia 2013 on Nov. 8

Posted in Blog on Tuesday 05.11.13

Ramy Ayach and Raya Abirached will join co-Director Yusra and celebrity judges, filmmakers and film fans for the third edition of TROPFEST Arabia  TROPFEST Arabia, part of the world’s largest short film festival, has announced today that the award-winning Lebanese Pop Star Ramy Ayach will be giving a concert of his latest and most popular... Read more

One week to go for TROPFEST Arabia Festival

Posted in Blog on Friday 01.11.13

One week left for TROPFEST Arabia to take place on Abu Dhabi Corniche. We hope you have reached your final stage of preparing your films. Till now, we have received many entries from across the MENA region including Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Morocco and more! Wonderful prizes will await you, but first you have to submit... Read more