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.
The winner of a new competition dubbed The Reel Dubai will be awarded a trip to the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May and have the chance to screen their film at the festival’s Short Film Corner.
The Reel Dubai, a collaborative effort between Samsung, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), is inspired by the ongoing social media initiative, #MyDubai, which encourages people to use the #MyDubai hashtag on photos and videos that express the beauty of Dubai.
To enter The Reel Dubai, participants — who must reside in Dubai and be 12 years or older — should submit existing examples of their work to diff.ae/reeldubai by February 28. Six contenders will then be chosen to create short films inspired by #MyDubai that showcase what the city has to offer.
“Through the #MyDubai initiative we have already seen the inspiring creativity, energy and passion for Dubai that exists among its residents, and The Reel Dubai is a further opportunity to showcase these in front of a global audience,” said Issam Kazim, CEO of DTCM, in a press release.
The short-listed individuals will be given a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and $5,000 (Dh18,364) to help kick start their projects. UAE filmmakers Ali Mustafa, Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammad Saeed Hareb will each mentor two of the six participants and guide their projects to completion.
While the first place winner will go to Cannes and have the chance to show their film, the two runners-up will receive Samsung devices.
Despite having won many awards, Nayla Al Khaja feels that her greatest achievement lies in the impact she has had on the younger generation in the UAE.
Al Khaja, an acclaimed Emirati director, producer and screenwriter, constantly receives emails from girls between the ages of 10 and 16, pleading that she meet their parents to convince them that studying film is a good career path.
“It’s one of the greatest achievements to be able to impact young girls’ choices in careers, to stand up and push boundaries, to do what they really want,” said Al Khaja, who launched the UAE’s first independent film club in 2007.
“We launched The Scene Club with just over 50 members and now have about 9,000,” she said. “The club brings people together, locals and expats, promoting understanding and melting down stereotypes.” More…
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Calling all aspiring filmmakers. If you are a UAE resident and have a unique story to share about Dubai, you could get your short film showcased at the 68th Cannes Film Festival’s Short Films corner. It gets better: the shortlisted nominees will also be mentored by filmmakers including Ali F Mostafa of From A To B fame, director Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammad Saeed Harib, known for the Freej animated series.
The competition, The Reel Dubai, will be held in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Samsung. More…
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Top of the celebrity billing was IWC judging panel chief, the British actress Emily Blunt; former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, who was attending the premiere of her new movie, The Water Diviner directed by Russell Crowe; acclaimed American director and Muhr Features jury president, the Oscar-winning producer Lee Daniels, and Bourne Identity star and Game of Thrones newcomer, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.