Award of Excellence – “Final Letter” (Egypt + France)

Title: Final Letter
Runtime: 17 min
Country: Egypt + France
Director: Orwa Alahmad
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: September 30, 2018

Synopsis: A short film based on a true story about a Syrian refugee who drowned in the sea when he tried to reach France.

FILMMAKER Q&A – Orwa Alahmad

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

OA: It’s a true story of the ambitions stolen by the sea for a man who dreamed of reaching a place less dead.

GS: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

OA: The idea is in my mind since 2016 but I started writing the script in February 2018 and started filming in July 2018.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

OA: The ability to condense and reducer.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

OA: All the work team believed in the project from the first moment.

GS: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

OA: You are able to create change, cinema can make something if you believe in what you are offering.