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Dubai launches filmmaking competition

Reel Dubai will see three finalists coached by UAE filmmakers Ali F. Mostafa, Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammed Saeed Harib.

Dubai launches filmmaking competition

Samsung, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched the “Reel Dubai” filmmaking competition, which is based on the #MyDubai initiative.

The #MyDubai is a social media campaign created by his HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, where residents are encouraged to share pictures of the culture and soul of Dubai.

The Reel Dubai short film competition will build on the millions of stories told in the pictures to create a film reflecting the emirate's rich culture and ambiance.

Managing director of DIFF, Shivani Pandya, said the competition is a way to highlight and encourage filmmaking talent in the region.

“Nurturing local talent is the gateway to establishing a strong film culture in the region and one of DIFF’s central mandates. ‘The Reel Dubai Contest’ allows aspiring filmmakers to showcase their creativity and skill against the backdrop of one of the world’s most diverse and stunning cities,” said Pandya.

To enter the “Reel Dubai” competition, filmmakers must submit examples of their previous work to www.diff.ae/reeldubai. Once the registration period is over, six filmmakers will be chosen to create a short film inspired by #MyDubai; reflecting Dubai’s celebrated diversity and energy.

The six finalists will each get a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, as well as AED5,000 ($1,361) each to fund their films.

From then on, each of the six contestants will work under the direction of three of the UAE’s acclaimed filmmakers – Ali F. Mostafa, Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammed Saeed Harib.

After the completion of the six films, they will be screened publicly, and one final winner will be chosen.

The winner of the contest will receive a trip to the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May, and have the chance to see their film at The Short Film Corner. Second and third place runner ups will be awarded another Samsung device.

Registration for the competition is open until February 28, 2015, and participants must be residents of the UAE, and at least 12-years-old to enter.

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