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 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!

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

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.

Agenda

Activity Details Start Date End Date
Storytelling & Concept Development Workshop 8-day full time training, morning to evening 01 Jun 2017 08 Jun 2017
Research Part 1 Online weekly meetings 09 Jun 2017 01 Jul 2017
Filmmaking Workshop Part 1 7-day full time training, morning to evening 02 Jul 2017 08 Jul 2017
Research Part 2 Online weekly meetings 09 Jul 2017 02 Sep 2017
Filmmaking Workshop Part 2 7-day full time training, morning to evening 03 Sep 2017 09 Sep 2017
Pre-Production Online weekly meetings 10 Sep 2017 11 Oct 2017
Shooting Maximum of 3 days (consecutive or non-consecutive) 12 Oct 2017 02 Nov 2017
Editing Workshop 7-day full time training, morning to evening 05 Nov 2017 11 Nov 2017
Post Production Online weekly sessions with editors 12 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017
  • Storytelling & Concept Development Workshop
    Details
    8-day full time training, morning to evening
    Start Date
    01 Jun 2017
    End Date
    08 Jun 2017
  • Research Part 1
    Details
    Online weekly meetings
    Start Date
    09 Jun 2017
    End Date
    01 Jul 2017
  • Filmmaking Workshop Part 1
    Details
    7-day full time training, morning to evening
    Start Date
    02 Jul 2017
    End Date
    08 Jul 2017
  • Research Part 2
    Details
    Online weekly meetings
    Start Date
    09 Jul 2017
    End Date
    02 Sep 2017
  • Filmmaking Workshop Part 2
    Details
    7-day full time training, morning to evening
    Start Date
    03 Sep 2017
    End Date
    09 Sep 2017
  • Pre-Production
    Details
    Online weekly meetings
    Start Date
    10 Sep 2017
    End Date
    11 Oct 2017
  • Shooting
    Details
    Maximum of 3 days (consecutive or non-consecutive)
    Start Date
    12 Oct 2017
    End Date
    02 Nov 2017
  • Editing Workshop
    Details
    7-day full time training, morning to evening
    Start Date
    05 Nov 2017
    End Date
    11 Nov 2017
  • Post Production
    Details
    Online weekly sessions with editors
    Start Date
    12 Nov 2017
    End Date
    31 Dec 2017

All dates listed below are tentative and subjected to change.

COMMITMENT TO COMPLETE THE FULL PROGRAM IS A MUST

Deadline for submission is April 30 2017

Shortlisted candidates should be able to attend an interview on the week of the 7th to 11th May 2017