The Turtle wins best HD Movie Award for 2012

Dubai: In front of a glittering audience of movie makers and media personnel gathered at Grand Habtoor Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai on 12 November, ‘The Turtle’ – a 14-minute film made by the UAE National Media Council for its pavilion at EXPO 2012 – won the award for Best HD movie of 2012.

The award ceremony was organised by BroadcastPro Middle East in conjunction with ASBU – a reputed and innovative non-profit broadcast organisation in the pan Arab world and an IBC award winner.

H.H. Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the National Media Council, welcomed the recognition of the film by the distinguished international panel of judges. “I am delighted that The Turtle continues to win public and professional recognition”, he said. “It is a strong story that sheds light on an issue that the UAE is serious about tackling. There is no doubt that it will inspire many young people to respect our environment”, he added.

The Turtle was also a recent recipient of the Golden Dolphin Award at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in Cannes, France and was instrumental in the UAE Pavilion being granted a Silver Medal at EXPO 2012 Yeosu, Korea, where it was narrowly beaten by China for the top award.

The news was greeted enthusiastically by the film’s entire production team including its facilities provider, Filmworks, that supported the production and entered the film into the competition. Filmworks has also provided key services to major feature film productions such as Mission Impossible.

The Turtle’s youngest actor, Ahmed Al Dahouri, was particularly happy that the recent award in Cannes had been reinforced by this latest accolade, placing the film on the top rung of the ladder for locally produced movies over the past year. “I hope this means that the film’s important message reaches even more people”, he told the National Media Council, when he was informed of the award.

The BroadcastPro Middle East Awards have been designed to reward excellence among individuals and end user companies who have deployed winning or innovative technologies or made significant contributions to the local broadcast industry.

ASBU teamed up with BroadcastPro Middle East as part of its efforts to tie with a partner that understands the market but also respects the need for integrity and credibility in choosing winners. “Our partnership with ASBU is designed to encourage greater participation from across the pan Arab market and to ensure that the choice of winners is a transparent and competent process,” stated the BPME spokesperson.

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