"Lam7a - A Glimpse" by Michele Tannous a graduate from the Lebanese American University. The jury praised the film for its originality in treating a very important subject and its maturity in dealing with archival footage. Michele Tannous will be invited to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival by Institut Français du Liban.
"Ombre" by Krystel Abou Karam, a graduate from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA). The film impressed the jury by the unexpected turnout of the story. It succeeded in transporting the spectator to a different place from where it started. Krystel Abou Karam will be invited to the 2017 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival by Goethe-Institut Lebanon.
Twelve short films, presented by twelve Lebanese audiovisual schools, were screened at the European Film Festival (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Al Kafaat University, American University of Technology, American University of Science and Technology, Lebanese American University, Lebanese German University, Lebanese International University, Notre Dame University, Université des Pères Antonins, Université Libanaise, Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik and Université Saint-Joseph).
The jury was composed of: Mani Pournaghi, Director of Goethe-Institut Libanon; Theo Caillat, Chargé de mission cinéma at Institut Français du Liban; Jim Quilty, Culture Desk Editor at The Daily Star; Nayla Rached, Culture journalist; and Nisrine Wehbe from Metropolis Association.
After congratulating the two winners, Ambassador Lassen said that "the purpose of the European Film Festival is to strengthen ties between Europe and Lebanon and to send our guests on a journey of cultural discovery. This journey has allowed us to discover, alongside dozens of European films, a new generation of Lebanese filmmakers who have impressed us with their talent and creativity." She wished good luck to all the graduates of the Lebanese audiovisual schools "who are the future of film making in Lebanon."