Shooting of Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja’s new horror film commences

Shooting of Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja’s new horror film commences
Published: 17 June 2019 - 10:58 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

Emirati female filmmaker and producer Nayla Al Khaja will begin principal photography in Dubai on The Shadow, a horror film produced by Epic Films and Señorita Films, with the support of the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC).

The Shadow is the teaser version of an extended feature set to be filmed in the upcoming months. Starring locally based actors and using the Emirati dialect, the story of a sick nine-year-old in the grip of uncontrolled phenomena – and the desperate measures his mother takes behind closed doors to save his life – is based on actual events that Al Khaja experienced herself.


To ensure a seamless filming and production experience, DFTC worked closely with the director to fast-track the process and obtain all necessary filming permits. The commission also played a vital role in providing networking opportunities for Al Khaja, as well as connecting her with Emirati actors to be cast in the film.

A DFTC spokesperson, said: “We are proud to contribute to this project and support talented local directors such as Nayla. DFTC is committed to offering services that help Emirati filmmakers achieve their goals and propel them onto the international stage, in line with the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021 that aims at cementing Dubai’s positon as a hub for creative and empowered people.”

Featuring acclaimed director of photography Mik Allen, The Shadow’s crew will shoot across several locations in Dubai during the month of June, with an expected public release of the film at a launch event in Dubai in September 2019 scheduled to take place with the support of VOX Cinemas.

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