Films created by participants in Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s flagship training programme Arab Film Studio have now screened more than 200 times at film festivals around the globe, after Ranapakhara by Swapna Kurup was selected to screen at the Mosaic World Film Festival, Illinois this week.
The milestone comes following the completion of the third edition of Arab Film Studio’s Young Filmmakers programme on Thursday 26 July. Conducted in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi, this year’s programme brought together 11 Emirati students under the age of 18 to learn about filmmaking through classes, workshops and hands-on experience using NYU Abu Dhabi’s equipment. Taught by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Scandar Copti, Programme Head of Film and Assistant Arts Professor of Film at NYU Abu Dhabi, the programme culminated with participants writing and directing their own one-minute films.
“Our Young Filmmakers programme reflects Image Nation’s significant commitment to inspiring and supporting the next generations of creative professionals to build the region’s film and entertainment industry,” says Michael Garin, Chief Executive Officer, Image Nation. “Over the past six years, Arab Film Studio has provided practical training and education to more than 100 talented participants, from the student participants in Young Filmmakers to emerging professionals. Image Nation is a channel for original and promising ideas to come to life and to see Arab Film Studio projects being recognised around the world is testament to the calibre of work being created.”
Young Filmmakers is part of a series of Arab Film Studio programmes offered annually by Image Nation. The Narrative, Documentary and Scriptwriting programmes are aimed at film students, young professionals and aspiring filmmakers with previous experience.
Over several months, selected participants work with industry experts to develop professional-quality projects, and many have reportedly gone on to successful careers in the industry. Winners of the best film award in the Narrative and Documentary categories win internship with Image Nation, working with their relative departments, while the winner of the Scriptwriting programme receives a $27,224 (AED 100,000) production grant to make their script a reality.