The Latest Feather in the Cap of UAE's First Female Film-maker - Nayla Al Khaja

Film-making is both an art and a science. There are many female film-makers around the world now, though intially it was considered a male domain, more and more women are proving that they have it in them to shatter the glass ceiling and receive accolodates along the way. In the UAE, women are still taking baby steps in this profession. Meet Nayla Al Khaja, who is the most sought-after woman in the UAE film industry, and the very first woman film-maker and producer the nation has produced.

Recently she made waves at Cannes 2018 by being the first Emirati filmmaker ever to have a project accepted by the festival’s prestigious Producers’ Network. Her screenplay for Animal, the feature-length version of her own 2016 short film of the same name, beat competition from thousands of other entrants to become one of 500 entries submitted to the network.

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