The Middle East’s contribution to the motion picture industry has reached new and exciting heights and this past weekend as Egyptian composer and director Amir Hedayah stood at the very epicentre of this.

An exceptional individual who has risen to the top of his profession in recent years, in November he was able to emphatically crown this by premiering his recent work “Thistle One” at the 2018’s CTN Animation Expo in Burbank, Los Angeles. The hotly tipped short movie was among five other short animated films being showcased including Academy Award qualified short animated films.

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Amir’s recent boundary breaking work with ex-Pixar and co-founder of Animation Mentor and Artella – Bobby Beck, is the culmination of years of hard work and unwavering passion. On that very same weekend that he premiered in Los Angeles, he was also recognised for his work on Telephone”- a film by that the award-winning Syrian filmmakers Muhammad Bayazid and Samah Safi Bayazid –that he produced the original score for.

Not being the first accolade that Amir has been awarded, the “Mejor Banda Sonora Original” (best original soundtrack) for Telephone at this year’s International Festival of Educational and Spiritual Film (FICEE) in Spain is the latest in a long line of honours bestowed upon Amir and will certainly not be the last.

 Amir also designed the sound and produced the original score for the world’s first virtual reality short animated film titled “Lily & Snout”, which was released in 2017.

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