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Al Tabbab

QFF Fall 2017 - Development, Production, Production Stage

Khalifa Al Mana / Short Narrative / Qatar / 6 min / Original Language: No Dialogue / Interests: 3D Animation


During the full moon of every month, sailors journey to a specific spot in the ocean along with their valuables to make a pearl trade with a sea monster who controls the waters and allows no one to dive into the sea. Ali, the captain’s son, who is assigned as Al Tabbab on this trip is not convinced the trade is fair, especially since what they get in return from the monster are oysters that may or may not contains pearls. Will Ali, the captain and the crew overcome their fears and ask for a fair trade or fight back against the monster?


Khalifa Al Mana
Khalifa Al Mana

About the Director

Khalifa Al Mana is an engineer, 3D animator and filmmaker. He completed an intensive 18-month programme on character animation and has recently directed his first 3D Animated short film entitled ‘Al Tabbab’. In all of his work, Khalifa is striving to put the Qatari animated film industry on the map internationally and regionally. He is committed to telling original Qatari and authentic Arab stories of great cultural relevance to the world.


  • Director

    Khalifa Al Mana

    Independent Filmmaker
  • Main Contact

    Qatari Film Fund


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