Image Nation Abu Dhabi looks for next generation of filmmakers for Arab Film Studio Competition

ABU DHABI, 19th March, 2017 (WAM) — Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the region’s leading media and entertainment companies, is looking for the next generation of filmmaking talent as part of its Arab Film Studio, AFS, competition.

With submissions for two courses now open, prospective students can apply to be a part of the AFS Documentary and AFS Scriptwriting programmes respectively.

“We are very excited to be opening two Arab Film Studio courses simultaneously and continuing our quest to find the next generation of talented regional filmmakers,” said Alicia Gonzalez, Head of Training and Development at Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

“The beauty of these courses is that they offer something truly unique in their different specialisations, meaning there is something for everyone. Plus all our filmmaking programmes are at no cost to the student making it completely accessible.”

Arab Film Studio Documentary, now in its fourth year, is open to all UAE residents and is the only dedicated training programme in the UAE to offer invaluable coaching in documentary-making. The winner receives an internship with Image Nation’s documentary department responsible for internationally acclaimed productions such as “He Named Me Malala” and “Anwar Roma”.

Student documentaries have uncovered some fascinating and inspiring stories, covering issues from Down Syndrome to female genital mutilation, FGM. Previous winners of the initiative have gone on to have great success worldwide, with over 110 international festival selections.

Following its inauguration in 2016, AFS Scriptwriting in association with Dubai Film Market, the industry arm of the Dubai International Film Festival, returns for the second year where students learn how to perfect scripts for the big screen under the guidance of several industry figureheads.

The five-month programme provides mentoring from some of the film industry’s finest instructors, including a 3-week intensive workshop covering all disciplines of scriptwriting, including story concept and character development. The training is followed by a 3-month assignment to write a short film screenplay that is pitched to industry experts at the Dubai Film Market. The winning screenplay will be produced into a short film by Image Nation Abu Dhabi with a budget of up to AED100,000.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, said, “Arab Film Studio continues to grow year-on-year and the competition is the most popular it has ever been. As well as teaching the fundamentals of filmmaking, it provides world class training and international internships, which ultimately contributes talent to the regional industry.”

As a precursor to this year’s programmes, Image Nation will be embarking on a roadshow to enlighten prospective students about the competition. Attendees will hear from course instructors and previous students, as well as special guests from the world of filmmaking. The roadshow will visit Dubai’s Knowledge Village on 21st March, and Creative Lab in Abu Dhabi on 22nd March for a documentary workshop and 29th March 29th for a scriptwriting workshop.

Submissions for AFS Documentary close on 22nd April and AFS Scriptwriting on 30th April, for more information and to apply, visit the Arab Film Studio website.

Source: Emirates News Agency