Arab Film Studio is home to our region’s aspiring filmmakers, giving them the guidance, skills and support to bring their dreams to the big screen.

AFS is raising the profile of the UAE’s rapidly evolving film industry, positioning Abu Dhabi as a creative hub for the region, and helping the region’s next generation of filmmakers to get behind the camera and tell their stories.

AFS Narrative

The AFS Narrative annual training initiative aims to develop UAE nationals’, and UAE residents’ skills in filmmaking. The winner receives an internship opportunity in a national or international production.

The Timeline
October - December: Accepting submissions. Deadline 12th December
December - January: Interviews with shortlisted candidates
January: Beginning of the program
January - April: Workshops
April - May: Shooting period
October / November: Awards ceremony

AFS Documentary

The new AFS Documentary course is focused on developing UAE nationals’ and UAE residents’ skills in documentary filmmaking. The winner receives an internship in the Documentary Department at Image Nation.

The Timeline

May - June: Accept submissions. Deadline June 30th 2015
June - July: Review submissions and interviews with shortlisted candidates 
August / September: Workshops
October - November: Shooting period
May: Awards ceremony

THE FINAL CHALLENGE

The final challenge for both programs is for each finalist to write and shoot a short film up to ten-minutes in length, which is judged by an international panel of film industry players and experts

THE PRIZE 

The winner of the AFS Narrative competition receives an internship opportunity in a national or international production. The winner of the AFS Documentary competition receives an internship opportunity in the Documentary Department at Image Nation.