'Mawaheb' is an Arabic term for talent and here at Image Nation, Mawaheb is our hub for growing local talent and nurturing the local film documentary.
From amateur film competitions and internships on Hollywood film sets to summer film schools in New York City - there’s something for any budding filmmaker to get their start.
Check out what we have on offer, apply for our current programs or get in touch with us directly to discuss how you can get involved in the ever-growing local film industry.
ARAB FILM STUDIO
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’ and UAE residents’ skills in filmmaking. The winner receives an internship opportunity in a national or international production.
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.
Are you a born storyteller or budding screenwriter with dreams of crafting scripts for the big screen? Then Image Nation’s Arab Film Studio Script Writing program is calling you!
NYU YOUNG FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP
The Young Filmmakers Workshop was an Image Nation educational program in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi and acclaimed Tisch School of Arts in New York. The 2-week program, open to Emirati high-school students, introduced the rigors and rewards of producing and directing short films. Under the tutelage of industry professionals and first-class Tisch professors, each student was asked to direct a short film during the program.
As part of Image Nation's strategy to foster local talent, we joined forces with Total to offer local filmmakers a chance to take part in critically renowned film school La Femis’s intensive summer program in Paris.
The Gulf Summer University program specialized in creative workshops that allow students to better understand the roles and tasks that are part of filmmaking today.
Ranked one of the top ten film schools by Hollywood Reporter, students were taught filmmaking theory and practical skills by top tutors in the industry. Trainees also had the opportunity to discover contemporary French cinema through the study of important French directors.
During the five-week summer program students produced a short film they were able to then take around to film festivals all over the world.
ENJAZZ DUBAI FILM FESTIVAL GRANT
Since 2013, Image Nation has committed AED 250,000 each year in funding to budding filmmakers who submitted film ideas to Dubai International Film Festival. Collaborating with the film festivals post-production support program, ENJAZZ, filmmakers are given up to AED 50,000 to turn their ideas into a reality.
Mawaheb Chats are an intimate sit-down with some of the leading lights of the film and film-making industry.