100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Sun 19 Apr 2015 05:23 AM
Ali Mostafa
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Ali Mostafa

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Film director

Country: UAE

Citizenship: @afmfilms

Age: 33

The British Emirati filmmaker, director and producer is perhaps best known for directing the first Emirati feature film ‘City of Life’ in 2009. According to Mostafa, he created ‘City of Life’ to show the positives and negative sides of Dubai, and to change the global perception of the city as an artificial and glamorous place. His idea delivered, as the movie ranked second in the local box office and made over AED500,000 ($136,000) in its first weekend, according to Italia Film International.

Mostafa also directed several short movies including ‘Under the Sun’, which won the Emirates Film Competition in 2006 and was screened in the Dubai International Film Festival, Rome, Rhode Island and San Francisco International Film Festivals. He owns a production company, AFM Films, and has worked on many commercials for brands like Range Rover, Sony, and Etisalat.

The 33-year-old has an MA in practical training in film technique from the London Film School. He is the Middle Eastern brand ambassador for Dunhill and is also the goodwill ambassador for Visit Britain.