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About the Sunbird Awards

Filmlab: Palestine launched the Palestinian Sunbird Competitions during Palestine Cinema Days in 2016. This is a platform that supports and celebrates Palestinian productions and international productions about Palestine.


Local and international renowned film professionals join Filmlab: Palestine every year as jury members to select the winning films in three main categories:

1- Palestinian Sunbird Documentary Competition

2- Palestinian Sunbird Short Film Competition

3- Palestinian Sunbird Production Competition


Artist, designer and filmmaker, Khaled Jarrar, designed the awards’ trophy inspired by the Palestine Sunbird. This bird has been pushed out of the diminishing green spaces in Palestine to urban overcrowded spaces. Against all odds, the bird managed to stay alive and cope outside of its natural habitat. This small Palestinian bird has become a symbol of resistance and resilience.