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’, UAE residents’, and GCC nationals’ skills in filmmaking. The winner receives an internship opportunity in a national or international production.

The Timeline
October-December: accept submissions
December-January: review submissions
January: announce finalists and begin program
March: two-week filmmaking bootcamp
April-May: begin shooting shorts
October: announce AFS Narrative winners

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
August: announce finalists and begin program (18th to 24th: concept development workshop)
September: (13th to 22nd) Two weeks intensive filmmaking boot camp
October - November: shooting shorts
May: announce winners

The Prize

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