Omani company wins 8 awards at US film fest

Muscat - 

For the first time, an Omani video production company has entered the Annual WorldFest-Houston Film Festival and achieved what no other Middle Eastern company has. 

KMA Productions from Oman has won eight film awards at the 44th edition of the festival, the third oldest international film festival in North America and the oldest indie film/video festival in the world.

The company won the awards in four sub-categories of film and video production. It swept all four awards - platinum, gold, silver and bronze - in safety/first aid category and won two in employee communication, and one each in training and recruitment/career category.

Sayyid Khalid Muhammed al Said, the owner and producer of KMA Productions, speaking to Muscat Daily, said that it is the first time a clean sweep of the awards has been made in any category in the 44 year history of the festival. “We registered nine films with the hope of getting recognition for at least one. But we were pleasantly surprised to get eight awards.”

KMA Productions has also earned the distinction of receiving the maximum number of awards for a company in the festival that was held on April 16.

These awards are quite an achievement as winning one meant beating competition from 25 countries, including films made in the US, the filmmaker said. “I am proud and excited that our films are getting such recognition which proves that the films made in Oman by Omanis are as good as anything produced around the world.”

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