Abdullah Al-Eyaf

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Abdullah Al-Eyaf
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Al-Eyaf at the 3 Continents Festival in Nantes, France 2006
Born Abdullah Al-Eyaf Al-Qahtani
(1976-10-31) October 31, 1976 (age 40)
Saudi Arabia
Occupation director, writer, producer
Years active 2005 – present

Abdullah Al-Eyaf (Arabic: عبدالله آل عياف‎‎; born October 31, 1976) is a Saudi film director also known as Abdullah Al Eyaf and Abdullah Aleyaf. He directed many award winning films. His first film was a 42-minutes documentary Cinema 500 km which discusses the ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia by following a young Saudi movie fan during his first trip outside the country just to experience his first ever film in a theater. Al-Eyaf's second project was a 19 minutes short film called Etaar (aka "A Frame"). The third short film he made was the 23-minutes drama Matar (Rain) which was shown in many international film festivals around the world. The last project was the short "Aayesh" in 2010 which won Gulf Film Festival award for best short, Aayesh was well received by the audience and the critics.

Abdullah Al-Eyaf works as an engineer for a living. He wrote a weekly column in Al-Riyadh newspaper 2007-2010. In 2007, he also co-established and edited a weekly cinema page for the Al-Watan newspaper.

Abdullah has been a jury member of many film festivals such as Gulf Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival.


  • Golden Palm - Short Documentary: Cinema 500 km, in Saudi Film Competition 2008
  • Saudi Arabia's winner of International Young Creative Entrepreneur in 2008.
  • Silver Palm - Short Drama Matar (aka Rain), in Saudi Film Competition 2008
  • Special Jury Prize - GCC Films: Etaar (aka A Frame), Emirates Film Competition 2007
  • 1st Prize for Best Short Film - Official Competition: "Aayesh", Gulf Film Festival, 2010
  • "Aleph" Second Best Short Film (SILVER): "Aayesh", Beirut International Film Festival 2010
  • Best Screenplay: "Aayesh" Saudi Films Festival 2012.

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