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.




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




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




The program will be a 5-month long learning program which will include a 3-week intensive workshop focusing on all aspects of scriptwriting –from story concept to character development. This will be followed by a 3-month assignment, where participants will be asked to conceive a short film screenplay using their new found skills




In collaboration with NYU Abu Dhabi, this program is a 3 week workshop in filmmaking, including the creation of 1 to 3 minutes short films. Open for Emirati high school students (16 to 18 years old).