Now is your chance to break into the exciting world of filmmaking. The AFS Documentary annual training initiative aims to develop UAE nationals’ and UAE residents’ skills in documentary filmmaking.

Arab Film Studio is a short film competition that takes finalists on a six-month filmmaking journey that mirrors the real process of developing and producing a documentary film. You won’t just learn everything it takes to make a movie, you’ll actually make one!

 

Our multi-disciplinary program consist on several workshops, online tutorials, feedbacks and assignments. You will gain hands-on experience working with industry experts who will get you ready to produce your very own short film.

 

How to enter:

 

You do need some filmmaking experience to take part so we would like to see some of your previous films, such as school or amateur films. Knowledge of at least one editing software is a must.

 

Every AFS finalist is a winner, gaining priceless filmmaking experience and the opportunity to make a short film up to ten-minutes in length aimed to be screened theatrically in the national and international market. One finalist will then go on to win a further prize: an internship with the Image Nation Documentary Department at the end of the program.

 

Arab Film Studio Documentary 2016 is structured as per the following: (All dates listed below are tentative and subjected to change)

 

Filmmaking Workshop In Abu Dhabi. From 29/5 to 11/06

 

Research Period Individual and/or group feedback sessions, online or in person, will be held weekly. 12/6 to 31/8

 

Concept Development and Preproduction Workshop. In Abu Dhabi. From 1/9 to 8/9

 

Research Period II Individual and/or group feedback sessions, online or in person, will be held weekly. From 12/9 to 8/10

 

Production Period Participants will be able to shoot their projects during this period. From 9/ 10 to 5/11

 

Editing Workshop In Abu Dhabi. 6/11 to 12/11

 

Post-production Period Individual and/or group feedback sessions, online or in person, will be held weekly until locked picture is delivered.

 

Participants must be available for color grading and final sound mix sessions. From 13/11 till final delivery, in February 2017

 

To apply for AFS Documentary 2017 Click Here

 

Awards Ceremony held in Abu Dhabi during the month of October/ November 2017 - date still TBC