Ayny, my second eye

A Film by Ahmad Saleh

Synopsis

A cruel war has taken two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. Anxious her sons could come in danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They collect scrap metal to earn the money and must find out that their mother’s fear was for a good reason. But as strong birds will always fly, the two boys become one to overcome their trauma.

Director

  • Picture of Ahmad Saleh © Kornelia Boje

    Ahmad Saleh

    Ahmad Saleh is a writer/director based in Germany. His first work was a stories collection titled Zowwada. This collection was awarded the A M Qattan's Young Writers Award in 2004 in Palestine. His first short film HOUSE, which he made in his Master’s in Digital Media at the University of Arts Bremen in Germany, had a successful tour since it was released in 2012. The film earned several important awards in Europe, USA, Iran and Jordan. Recently, he finished another Master’s study in film at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In this study, Ahmad wrote and directed another two short films and started writing his first feature. His graduation project “Ayny” won a golden Oscar at the Student Academy Awards 2016 in the foreign animation category.

Awards + Festivals

  • *GOLDEN OSCAR FOREIGN ANIMATION CATEGORY*
    43rd STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2016 (Winner, USA)September 22, 2016
  • 13th DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Muhr Shorts Competition, Dubai) December 7, 2016
  • SPECIAL MENTION
    29th FESTIVAL PREMIERS PLANS D’ANGERS (Animated Films competition, Angers, France)January 20, 2017
  • JETZT ODER NIE - FILMTAGE FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 2017 (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany)January 21, 2017
  • 43rd INTERNATIONALES FILMWOCHENENDE WÜRZBURG (Official Selection, Germany)January 26, 2017
  • 8th ANTARCTIC SHORT, DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Finish Antarctic Research Station Aboa, Antarctica)February 1, 2017
  • 21st BERLIN & BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Francisco, USA)February 3, 2017
  • MATINÉE ALLEMANDE. COUP DE FOUDRE – LE COURT MÉTRAGE ALLEMAND (Official Selection, Clermont-Ferrand, France)February 8, 2017
  • *BEST ANIMATION*
    17th FILUMS - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Pakistan)February 17, 2017
  • ANIMAC 2017 (AGAINST THE WIND: WAR AND PEACE, Lleida, Spain)February 3, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    13th AKBANK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Istanbul, Turkey)March 13, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION AWARD*
    BETHERE! 2017 CORFU ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Student Film, Greece)March 29, 2017
  • *THIRD PLACE*
    HEADWATERS FILM FEST 2017 (Official Selection, Bemidji State University, Minnesota, USA)March 30, 2017
  • CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 5, 2017
  • FESTIVAL OF TOLERANCE - JFF ZAGREB (Official Selection, Croatia)April 8, 2017
  • 41st HONG KONG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, China)April 11, 2017
  • 18th SCHWEINFURTER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)April 13, 2017
  • QUMRAH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Basra, Iraq)April 13, 2017
  • 19th MAUFLIMMERN KURZFILMFEST (Official Selection, Memmingen, Germany)April 15, 2017
  • 19th ISMAILIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Panorama, Ismailia, Egypt)April 20, 2017
  • *BEST OF THE BEST*
    ZUMEFF-ZAYED UNIVERSITY MIDDLE EAST FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Abu Dhabi, UAE)May 1, 2017
  • *JURY SPECIAL MENTION*
    24th STUTTGART FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM 2017 (International Competition, Stuttgart, Germany)May 2, 2017
  • *MAIN AWARD*
    2nd AMARJI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Iraq)May 5, 2017
  • LJUBLJANA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)May 12, 2017
  • 13th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection “ADAF kids”, Greece)May 18, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTOR (ANIMATION)*
    PICKURFLICK INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Opening Film, New Delhi, India)May 19, 2017
  • *WINNER*
    NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)May 21, 2017
  • 11th 20MIN|MAX INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILMFESTIVAL INGOLSTADT (Official Selection, Germany)May 25, 2017
  • *BEST ANIMATION*
    12th LEBANESE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)May 30, 2017
  • 3rd FESTIVAL CINÉ-PALESTINE (Official Selection, Paris, France)June 2, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    3rd VALLETTA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Malta)June 8, 2017
  • 4th LITERALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)June 14, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    3rd VALLETTA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Malta)June 16, 2017
  • *WINNER*
    7th ODERKURZ-FILMSPEKTAKEL (Competition, Oderaue, Germany)June 23, 2017
  • 5th INT'L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL "CONSTANTINE'S GOLD COIN" (Official Selection, Niš, Serbia)July 25, 2017
  • 17th TEL AVIV ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)August 2, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    EBROVISION SHORT FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Burgos, Spain)August 25, 2017
  • *BEST INT'L SHORT*
    1st BATROUN MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lebanon)September 7, 2017
  • 2nd ARROIOS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal) September 9, 2017
  • *NOMINATED FOR BEST SHORT FILM*
    FIRST STEPS AWARDS 2017 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)September 18, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM*
    12th TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Minnesota, USA)September 28, 2017
  • *BEST EUROPEAN SHORT* *BEST ANIMATION SHORT FROM AN EMERGING ANIMATION NATION*
    44th FILM FEST GENT (Official Selection, Belgium)October 10, 2017
  • 31th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BRAUNSCHWEIG (Short Film Program, Germany)October 17, 2017
  • *BEST STUDENT FILM*
    3rd TAF - THESSALONIKI ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greece)October 22, 2017
  • WOMEX FILM PROGRAMME (Official Selection, Katowice, Poland)October 25, 2017
  • *BEST ANIMATION SHORT FROM AN EMERGING ANIMATION NATION*
    8th KLIK! AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, The Netherlands)October 25, 2017
  • 19th WIESBADEN INTERNATIONAL WEEKEND OF ANIMATION (Competitive Section "Best of Young Animation 2016/2017", Germany)October 26, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD BEST SHORT*
    11th BOSTON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cambridge, USA)October 31, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    11th KURZFILMFESTIVAL KÖLN (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)November 15, 2017
  • 5th AJYAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Bader Competition Section, Doha, Qatar)November 29, 2017
  • 8th KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amman, Jordan)December 5, 2017
  • 14th ANIMATEKA - ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Best of the World Program, Ljubljana, Poland)December 6, 2017
  • 47th MOLODIST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Kiev, Ukraine)May 27, 2018
  • LISTED IN THE CATALOGUE „GERMAN SHORT FILMS 2017“ (AG KURZFILM – GERMAN SHORT FILM ASSOCIATION)
  • FBW (DEUTSCHEN FILMBEWERTUNGSSTELLE): PRÄDIKAT: 'BESONDERS WERTVOLL' FBW (GERMAN FILM AND MEDIA REVIEW): SEAL OF APPROVAL: 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'

Crew

Screenplay & Director
Ahmad Saleh
Producer
Stefan Gieren
Director of Photography
Lionel Poutiaire Somé
Animation
Frank Pingel
Character Design
Sabine Dully
3D Animatics & Models
Claire Steka, Dominic Tiedeken
Puppets
Ahmad Saleh, Diana Menestrey, Jessica Neubauer, Kerstin Gramberg
Art Direction
Jessica Neubauer
Costume Design
Kati Ostermann, Nici Lancaster, Carmen Oerwig
Editor
Ahmad Saleh
Sound Design
David Black
Sound Mix
Judith Nordbrock, Gerald Schauder
Music
Nizar Rohana
Props & Stages Design
Saed Saleh & Saleh Saleh

Details

Running Time
10.40 mins
Shooting Format
2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
5.1.

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln / KHM Cologne
Peter-Welter-Platz 2,
50676 Köln, Germany

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Fiction 2.0
Stefan Gieren
Rappstr. 6
20146 Hamburg, Germany

+49 (0) 40 6688 4798
stefan@storybay.tv

DIRECTOR

Ahmad Saleh

film.ahmad@gmail.com