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Evens Arts Prize 2004

Evens Arts Prize 2004
In 2004, the Evens Foundation broadened its field of action to a new territory, linked with Europe by a long history of political and cultural exchanges - the Middle-East. The objective was to open up spaces for dialogue between these two regions, by means of artistic collaborations.

Within the framework of its Arts Prize, the Foundation launched a contest for short film screenplays, aimed at young European and Middle Eastern directors. The contest’s theme was Encounter – an open frame that implies the existence and acceptance of ‘the other.’

A prestigious international jury awarded the prize to three candidates: Nassim Amaouche, Ula Tabari and Timon Koulmasis. In 2005, the Foundation enabled their three short films to be produced, in Jordan, in collaboration with local, independent initiatives.

The prize-winners’ films

Nassim Amaouche (Paris): “Quelques miettes pour les oiseaux” (Some crumbs for the birds)
The author takes an unusual approach: to explore an encounter with people, without establishing a ‘story’ in advance. The camera is set up in Rwuasched, the last village in Jordan before the Iraqi border – a no-man’s-land.

Ula Tabari (Paris/Nazareth): “Diaspora
The intimate diary of U, a woman living in Paris, between two societies, two cultures, two love stories. It’s the story of a foreign woman in a foreign country, waiting to receive the news that she does not want to hear.

Timon Koulmasis (Paris/Athens): “De quelle couleur sont les murs de votre appartement?” (What color are the walls of your apartment?)
Marie, a young Greek woman, meets an old Palestinian man in a village in Jordan.

The films were produced in Jordan in spring 2005 and officially presented in Antwerp in October of the same year. The three films were selected and shown in important international festivals, such as Corto Cortissimo in Venice and the Locarno Film Festival.

The selection committee

  • Laurent Jacob: Festival de Cannes, Ciné Fondation;
  • Calmin Borel: Festival International du court métrage Clermont-Ferrand;
  • Lars Henrik Gass: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, director;
  • Stefano Martina: Arcipelago – International Short Film Festival, director;
  • Intishal Al Timimi: Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, artistic director.

The jury

  • Pierre Chevalier: former director of the fiction department at ARTE France, director at Villa Médicis (2004), president of the jury;
  • Roberto Bagatti: artistic director at Sky TV, Italy;
  • Julia Bidermann: movie director and production coordinator for Evens Foundation;
  • Sylvie Blocher: (cinematographic) artist and prize-winner with Campement Urbain for the Evens Prize 2002;
  • Catherine David: curator, director Witte de With Rotterdam (2004) and project director Contemporary Arab Representation;
  • Ismaël Ferroukhi: director and winner of the Lion du Futur at the Venice Biennial 2004 for his film Le grand voyage;
  • Luc Joris: film critic and head of programming at the Film Museum Antwerp, Belgium;
  • Marie José Mondzain: philosopher and research director at CNRS France (Centre national de la recherche scientifique);
  • Gilles Porte: director and winner of the Louis Delluc Prize 2004 for his first long-length film Quand la mer monte.