Now is your chance to break into the exciting world of filmmaking. The AFS Narrative annual training initiative aims to develop UAE nationals’ and UAE residents’ skills in filmmaking. The winner receives an internship opportunity on a national or international production with Image Nation at the end of the program.
  • Arab Film Studio Narrative is a short film program that takes finalists on a nine-month filmmaking journey that mirrors the real process of developing and producing a film. You won’t just learn everything it takes to make a movie, you’ll actually make one!

Programme Structure

  • 1 Application Process
  • 2 Workshop with finalists
  • 3 Prize

Application submission on Image Nation Website

Submissions close

Evaluation and selection of participants

  • 1
    Script Writing Workshop 10 days
  • 2
    Independent Writing & Individual Mentoring Online weekly meetings 7 weeks
  • 3
    Pre-Production & Directing Workshop Part 1 1 week
  • 4
    Pre-production Online weekly meetings 4 weeks
  • 5
    Directing Workshop Part 2 1 week
  • 6
    Production Period 3 weeks
  • 7
    Editing Workshop 3 days
  • 8
    Post Production Period Online weekly meetings 5 weeks
  • 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 opportunity on a national or international production with Image Nation at the end of the program.

Agenda

Activity Details Start Date End Date
Script Writing Workshop Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timings: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required. 15 Jan 2019 24 Jan 2019
Independent Writing & Individual Mentoring Online weekly meetings 25 Jan 2019 05 Mar 2019
Pre-Production & Directing Workshop Part 1 Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timing: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required. 06 Mar 2019 16 Mar 2019
Pre-Production Online weekly meetings 17 Mar 2019 13 Apr 2019
Directing Workshop Part 2 Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timing: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required. 14 Apr 2019 20 Apr 2019
Production Two or three shooting days will be allowed during this period at the participants discretion 21 Apr 2019 11 May 2019
Editing Workshop Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timing: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required. 16 May 2019 18 May 2019
Post Production Online weekly meetings. Two half days attendance to grading and sound mix sessions are needed 19 May 2019 30 Jun 2019
Awards Ceremony During the month of November/December - date still TBC 01 Dec 2019 01 Dec 2019
  • Script Writing Workshop
    Details
    Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timings: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required.
    Start Date
    15 Jan 2019
    End Date
    24 Jan 2019
  • Independent Writing & Individual Mentoring
    Details
    Online weekly meetings
    Start Date
    25 Jan 2019
    End Date
    05 Mar 2019
  • Pre-Production & Directing Workshop Part 1
    Details
    Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timing: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required.
    Start Date
    06 Mar 2019
    End Date
    16 Mar 2019
  • Pre-Production
    Details
    Online weekly meetings
    Start Date
    17 Mar 2019
    End Date
    13 Apr 2019
  • Directing Workshop Part 2
    Details
    Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timing: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required.
    Start Date
    14 Apr 2019
    End Date
    20 Apr 2019
  • Production
    Details
    Two or three shooting days will be allowed during this period at the participants discretion
    Start Date
    21 Apr 2019
    End Date
    11 May 2019
  • Editing Workshop
    Details
    Full time in person workshop, includes Fridays and Saturdays. Timing: 9AM to 5PM. Some evenings attendance may be required.
    Start Date
    16 May 2019
    End Date
    18 May 2019
  • Post Production
    Details
    Online weekly meetings. Two half days attendance to grading and sound mix sessions are needed
    Start Date
    19 May 2019
    End Date
    30 Jun 2019
  • Awards Ceremony
    Details
    During the month of November/December - date still TBC
    Start Date
    01 Dec 2019
    End Date
    01 Dec 2019

(All dates listed below are tentative and subjected to change)

COMMITMENT TO COMPLETE THE FULL PROGRAM IS A MUST.

Deadline for submission is December 4, 2018.

Shortlisted candidates must be able to attend an interview on the first week of January 2019