The festival’s sixth edition boasts a diverse programme, featuring nearly 40 short and feature-length international films competing for awards.
The drama short film Simo tells the story of the complex brotherhood between Simo and Emad, a relationship that is filled with competition and jealousy.
"In a desire to prove his popularity and his capabilities to his older brother, Simo sneakily takes over Emad's online gaming. However, his actions take a dangerous turn that may seriously impact the future of their family," reads the film's synopsis.
Simo held its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its European premiere at the 73rd Berlinale.
The film won numerous awards, including the Best Canadian Short Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve's Favorite Short at the 19th Prends Ça Court! Gala, and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Live-Action Short.
Simo stars Basel El-Rayes, Seif El-Rayes, and Aladeen Tawfeek.
In his several documentaries, shorts, and feature films, the Egyptian-Canadian scriptwriter and director Aziz Zoromba explores the themes of cultural identity, assimilation, and intergenerational trauma.
A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and an alumnus of the 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Zoromba's first short documentary Faraway, screened at over 30 film festivals around the world, including Slamdance, Camerimage, and RIDM.
With the dozens of screenings, talks, and panels, the Sharjah Film Platform sheds light on independent cinema and experimental filmmaking.
Each film screening is followed by an in-person Q&A session with the respective filmmaker.