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. The winner receives an internship opportunity in the Documentary Department at Image Nation.
  • Arab Film Studio is a short film program that takes finalists on one year 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!

Programme Structure

  • 1 Application process
  • 2 Workshops with finalists
  • 3 Prize

Submissions close

Application submission on Image Nation Website

Evaluation and selection of participants

  • 1
    Concept Development Workshop 7 days
  • 2
    Research Period Part 1 With mentoring sessions 1 month
  • 3
    Filmmaking Workshop Part 1 10 days
  • 4
    Research Period Part 2 With mentoring sessions 2 months
  • 5
    Filmmaking Workshop Part 2 6 days
  • 6
    Pre-Production & Production Period With mentoring sessions ± 2 months
  • 7
    Editing Workshop 7 days
  • 8
    Post Production Period With mentoring sessions
  • 9
    Awards Ceremony

Every AFS participant 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.

Agenda

Activity Details Start Date End Date
Storytelling & Concept Development Workshop In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening) 20 May 2018 26 May 2018
Research Part 1 Online, with some meetings during the weekends 27 May 2018 26 Jun 2018
Filmmaking Workshop Part 1 In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening) 27 Jun 2018 07 Jul 2018
Research Part 2 Online, with some meetings during the weekends 08 Jul 2018 01 Sep 2018
Filmmaking Workshop Part 2 In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening) 02 Sep 2018 08 Sep 2018
Pre-Production Online, with some meetings during the weekends 09 Sep 2018 31 Oct 2018
Shooting Maximum of 3 days (consecutive or non-consecutive) 01 Nov 2018 23 Dec 2018
Editing Workshop In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening) 06 Jan 2019 12 Jan 2019
Post-Production Delivery of films 12 Jan 2019 13 Jan 2019
  • Storytelling & Concept Development Workshop
    Details
    In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening)
    Start Date
    20 May 2018
    End Date
    26 May 2018
  • Research Part 1
    Details
    Online, with some meetings during the weekends
    Start Date
    27 May 2018
    End Date
    26 Jun 2018
  • Filmmaking Workshop Part 1
    Details
    In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening)
    Start Date
    27 Jun 2018
    End Date
    07 Jul 2018
  • Research Part 2
    Details
    Online, with some meetings during the weekends
    Start Date
    08 Jul 2018
    End Date
    01 Sep 2018
  • Filmmaking Workshop Part 2
    Details
    In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening)
    Start Date
    02 Sep 2018
    End Date
    08 Sep 2018
  • Pre-Production
    Details
    Online, with some meetings during the weekends
    Start Date
    09 Sep 2018
    End Date
    31 Oct 2018
  • Shooting
    Details
    Maximum of 3 days (consecutive or non-consecutive)
    Start Date
    01 Nov 2018
    End Date
    23 Dec 2018
  • Editing Workshop
    Details
    In person, full time, intensive (9am till evening)
    Start Date
    06 Jan 2019
    End Date
    12 Jan 2019
  • Post-Production
    Details
    Delivery of films
    Start Date
    12 Jan 2019
    End Date
    13 Jan 2019

All dates listed below are tentative and subjected to change.

COMMITMENT TO COMPLETE THE FULL PROGRAM IS A MUST

Deadline for submission is April 21, 2018

Shortlisted candidates should be able to attend an interview on the week of the 1st to 3rd of May 2018