An international short film festival titled FILM-ED is set to mark its debut in Dubai, UAE. Conceptualised as a quarterly festival, FILM-ED will have Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter editions. The Dubai-based festival has been launched in partnership with SAE Institute Dubai and Cinema Akil.
Focused on showcasing the best student films from across the world, the festival is currently accepting submissions for its Spring edition from students all over the world. The last date to apply is March 1, 2019, with a fee of USD 25 per film. An early bird fee of $15 per film is available for those applying before January 15, 2019. There is no age limit for applicants.
Talking about the festival, Yazan Al Ghazzawi, Director of the festival, said: “The idea behind Film-ED is to bring students from all over the world together and offer recognition for their work. Students in the Middle East will be able to compete against other students internationally. The submissions are being accepted currently and we are looking forward to receiving student entries. So far, we have received submissions from Europe, India, Thailand, Germany and Australia among others.”
In its maiden year, FILM-ED aims to contribute to the development of filmmakers by offering a platform to share their stories with a wide audience on an international stage and offer industry feedback. The winners will be awarded certificates for both, the quarterly and annual editions.
Trophies will be awarded only to the winners of the annual edition, which will culminate in January 2020.
“Award winners from each of our editions will compete for our annual accolades, with all nominated films screened and awards announced during our annual screening event at Cinema Akil in Dubai, UAE in January 2020,” he concluded.