ACC reveals final list of nominations for 8th Critics Awards for Arab Films

ACC reveals final list of nominations for 8th Critics Awards for Arab Films
10 May 2024:

ACC reveals final list of nominations for 8th Critics Awards for Arab Films 

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has revealed the final list of nominees for the eighth edition of the Critics Awards for Arab Films, whose winners will be revealed at a special ceremony on May 18th at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s nominees, which were chosen from among all Arab films that were produced and premiered outside of the Arab World during the 2023 calendar year only, will be voted on by an unprecedented jury committee of 209 critics from 72 countries across the globe. 

This year’s event will see the addition of one more juried category — Best Short Film — to join the existing categories for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Scriptwriter, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Music. 

Commenting on the fast-approaching awards, Deborah Young, Manager of the Critics Awards for Arab Films, said, “Another year, another Critics Awards for Arab Films that’s bigger than the last one! For the eighth version of this most auspicious event, we’re celebrating films from all over the region, including Sudan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and- Lebanon, along with an exciting Arab story from France this time around as well!” 

“As usual, these films are the cream of the crop and have done the rounds in the festival circuit throughout last year, and some of them are still going strong this year. For this year’s edition, we’re also adding yet another category, Best Short Film, as part of our constant desire to cover all of the bases and talents of the pan-Arab cinema industry. Once again, I’d like to extend my gratitude to our jury members for the time and effort they’ve dedicated to these awards, and we look forward to working with them again next year,” she added.

Sharing in the excitement, ACC Co-Founders Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab expressed how “endlessly humbled and overjoyed” they are by the success that the Critics Awards for Arab Films has achieved and the attention it has drawn to Arab cinema. 

“We are even happier to announce the inclusion of the long-awaited Best Short Film Award, which is long overdue, but better late than never, as they say. It is our hope that with every edition of these awards that we’ll be able to expand their scope until they encompass every profession of this industry we hold dear and go to great lengths to champion,” they added. 


The final list of nominees is:

Best Feature Film

GOODBYE JULIA | Mohamed Kordofani | Sudan

INSHALLAH A BOY | Amjad Al-Rasheed |Jordan 

HAJJAN | Abu Bakr Shawky| Saudi Arabia

THE TEACHER | Farah Nabulsi | Palestine

THE BURDENED | Amr Gamal | Yemen 


Best Director

Mohamed Kordofani | GOODBYE JULIA | Sudan 

Kaouther Ben Hania | FOUR DAUGHTERS | Tunisia 

Karim Bensalah | SIX FEET OVER | France

Asmae ElMoudir | THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES | Morocco

Amjad Al-Rasheed | INSHALLAH A BOY | Jordan


Best Screenplay

Mohamed Kordofani | GOODBYE JULIA | Sudan 

Amr Gamal, Mazen Refaat | THE BURDENED | Yemen

Kamal Al-Azrak | HOUNDS | Morocco

Delphine Agut, Rula Nasser, Amjad Al-Rasheed | INSHALLAH A BOY | Jordan

Omar Shama, Mufarrij Almajfel, Abu Bakr Shawky | HAJJAN | Saudi Arabia


Best Actress

Mouna Hawa  | INSHALLAH A BOY | Jordan

Eiman Yousif | GOODBYE JULIA | Sudan

Hend Sabry | KIRA & EL GIN | Egypt

Hend Sabry  | FOUR DAUGHTERS | Tunisia

Adwa Bader | NAGA | Saudi Arabia


Best Actor

Ibrahim Al-Hasawi | HAJJAN | Saudi Arabia

Majd Mastoura | FOUR DAUGHTERS | Tunisia

Ayoub Elaid  | HOUNDS  | Morocco

Saleh Bakri | THE TEACHER | Palestine

Nazar Goma | GOODBYE JULIA | Sudan


Best Documentary

FOUR DAUGHTERS | Kaouther Ben Hania | Tunisia

THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES | Asmae ElMoudir | Morocco

Q | Jude Chehab | Lebanon

UNDER THE SKY OF DAMASCUS | Talal Derki, Heba Khaled, Ali Wajeeh | Syria

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL | Mohamed Jabaly | Palestine


Best Short Film

I PROMISE YOU PARADISE | Morad Mostafa | Egypt

LES CHENILLES | Noel Keserwany, Michelle Keserwany  | Lebanon

THE RED SEA MAKES ME WANNA CRY | Faris Alrjoob | Jordan

SEA SALT | Leila Basma | Lebanon

THE KEY | Rakan Mayasi | Palestine


Best Music

Amine Bouhafa | HAJJAN | Saudi Arabia

Amine Bouhafa | FOUR DAUGHTERS  | Tunisia

Mazen Hamid | GOODBYE JULIA | Sudan

Omar Fadel | NAGA | Saudi Arabia

Alex Baranowski | THE TEACHER | Palestine


Best Cinematography 

Farouk Laâridh | FOUR DAUGHTERS | Tunisia

Kanamé Onoyama | INSHALLAH A BOY | Jordan

Gilles Porte | THE TEACHER | Palestine

Gerry Vasbenter | HAJJAN | Saudi Arabia

Ahmad Al Morsy | KIRA & EL GIN | Egypt


Best Editing

Ahmed Hafez | INSHALLAH A BOY | Jordan

Heba Othman | GOODBYE JULIA | Sudan

Fahd Ahmed | Q | Lebanon

Sarah Peczek | HAJJAN | Saudi Arabia

Qutaiba Barhamji | FOUR DAUGHTERS | Tunisia


The first Critics Awards for Arab Films was held on the margins of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The final list of the nominees for the Critics Awards for Arab Films was curated according to the following criteria: The films must have premiered at international film festivals outside of the Arab World during 2023, at least one of the production companies must be Arab (regardless of the size of its contribution to the production of the film).

Organized by MAD Solutions in 2015, the ACC is a nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam and is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema, providing the Arab filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with its counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. 

The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, a newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that provides a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives easily identify Arab film productions.