The BBC Arabic Festival screens short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today. After two stellar years, we are proud to have garnered a reputation for presenting bold films by established and first-time filmmakers. Through our open call to the public, we seek a bold and diverse range of filmmaking from across the Middle East, by Arab and non-Arab, professional and amateur filmmakers.
The festival runs as a competition, judged by a panel of journalism and film experts and practitioners, who will present an award to a winner in each category. BBC Arabic offers the Young Journalist Award to a non-fiction filmmaker aged 18 to 30. The Award comprises of a programme of bespoke training, mentoring and equipment. There is also the potential for their next project to be aired on BBC Arabic TV and presented by them at the next Festival. This year, BBC Arabic Festival will introduce for the first time an award dedicated to the overall Best Work in Journalism to a non-fiction submission.
The official selection of the 3rd BBC Arabic Festival will be announced in February 2017.
If you are a film or documentary maker, producer, journalist or a member of the public and have made a piece of work (a film, documentary or journalism piece) that explores key issues in the Arab world today, then the BBC would like to hear from you. The call is open for professionals and non-professionals alike.
Deadline for film submissions: September 30th, 2016.
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