UAE smartphone filmmaking competition opens

Competition to find the region’s best young filmmakers opens

Calling all wannabe film makers, this is an opportunity you don’t want to let pass you by.

The British Council has now opened for entries to the first ever Small Screen, Big Film festival.

Budding directors in the UAE, or indeed anyone who has a smartphone, are encouraged to put together a three-minute movie which could make it as one of the chosen pieces to be shown at the online festival taking place in March 2018.

The competition is open to under-25s only, and must be a work of fiction captured on a smartphone or tablet. The short film can focus on practically anything, so long as it’s live action or stop motion animation, and as long as it’s suitable for an under-18 audience.

If you are one of the four filmmakers to have their film featured, you can win a mentorship from some of the UK’s most talented professionals in the film industry. A jury of renowned GCC and UK filmmakers will assess the entries and shortlist 20 films that will be screened online during the online festival, which runs from Thursday March 15 2018 until Sunday 25. From there, the winning four films will be selected.

Some major names are part of the judging panel, including Acadamy Award and four-time BAFTA-winning British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, whose documentaries including Amy and Senna won high praise, and Emirati director Abdulla Al Kaabi, known for his 2017 movie Only Men Go To The Grave.

Entries are open now, so don’t miss this chance to get your talent spotted.

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