GCFen 2022 Awards: Four films awarded, three Tunisian and one Lebanese

The winners of the 4th edition of the Festival Gabes Cinema Fen (GCFEN) was unveiled Thursday night during a ceremony held at the Gabes Agora space.

The Tunisian fiction film Insurrection by Jilani Saadi won the best feature film award. All of Your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes by Lebanese Haig Aivazian won the best short film award. This experimental film premiered at GCFEN.

Two Tunisian films in Virtual Reality, were also awarded; Technology Slave by Abir Bettaher and Alya Yahia, prize Hackathon VR and In the Shadow of the duo Sami Toumi and Bilel Abidi, special mention of the Jury.

Four Tunisian films in Virtual Reality were selected in the competition Hackathon VR. The jury for this section was composed of two Tunisians, Anoir Bennour (specialist in digital and creative industries), Hela Lamine (visual artist) and Sam Wolson, director of immersive films and US photographer.

The 2022 edition of GCFEN took place from May 6 to 12, in both face-to-face and digital modes. The films of the official competition were selected by two international juries composed by professionals of the 7th art.

French Emmanuel Gras, Italian Giulio CASADEI and Lebanese Sarah Francis were on the jury of the feature film competition composed of 10 films. The jury of the short film competition, also composed of 10 films, included Tunisian Intissar Belaid, Comorian Mohamed Said Ouma and Moroccan Nadir Bouhmouch.

This festival dedicated to films from the Arab world and the diaspora is held annually in the city of Gabes. This city in southeastern Tunisia is facing ecological problems related to the phosphate processing industry. GCFEN in collaboration with cultural and environmental associations of the region, wishes to create new synergies that make people rethink the city and its issues through art.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature Film Award:

Insurrection by Jilani Saadi (Tunisia)

Best Short Film Award:

All of Your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes by Haig Aivazian (Lebanon)


Technology Slave by Abir Bettaher and Alya Yahia (Tunisia)

Special Mention of the Jury:

In the Shadow by Sami Toumi and Bilel Abidi (Tunisia)

Source: TAP News Agency