Through film screenings and intensive training programmes, Young Filmmakers’ Circle enhances the talent of directors, screenplay writers, producers and technical specialists. Annually, a select group of filmmakers receive training from some of the region’s pioneers. With a different focus for each edition, the programme develops broad skills and nurtures the local creative community by making new connections. For the wider public, film screenings showcase the best of the regional creative scene, providing entertainment and exposure for local filmmakers.
In accordance with the ADMAF mission of providing a world stage for young budding UAE filmmakers, we have formed a partnership programme with world renowned Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and Orient Meets Occident.
THE TRAINING PROGRAMME
The professional intensive capacity building programme in collaboration with Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and Orient Meets Occident will provide young directors from the UAE the opportunity to professionally develop and advance their filmmaking talents with the view of having student Oscar nominations in the short film category by 2021.
The program will showcase teaser short films as part of Abu Dhabi Festival 2020 and will connect the young filmmakers with corporates, TV companies, production companies to gain employment opportunities in the Filmmaking sector in the UAE and beyond.
Although there is a considerable amount of theoretical training involved, the major part of the process is dedicated to hands-on developing and producing films. It is the firm belief and the core of teaching at FABW that filmmaking should be taught using a “learning by doing” approach.
The films will be the result of the process and will remain the intellectual property of you, the creator. In that spirit, this program is not meant to produce commercial revenue in the first place, but it is considered an investment in human resources and the individual talent of each and every participant.
Structurally, the Workshop will be divided in two blocks, the first of which will be dedicated to script development and laying the foundations of the different crafts within filmmaking, whereas in the second block, the hands-on production and post-production of actual films will take place.
Towards the end of block one, a decision will have to be made as to which of the scripts will go into production. We are aiming to produce high quality results for the final presentations in March 2020. All those members of the workshop who will not see their ideas going into production will be given different positions within the film teams (i.e. producer, director of photography, sound recordist, etc.), according to their personal talents and orientations.
Participants can expect eight sessions (of approximately three days each) altogether, and the final presentation of the results. It is designed to run from March 2019 thru March 2020. After that, the two best performing participants will be awarded a grant, including one semester abroad to study in Filmakademie’s International Class, from Oct 2020 to February 2021.
What you shall gain from the initiative!
- HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
- PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL FILM ACADEMY
- FURTHER STUDY AT FILM ACADEMY BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
- OPPORTUNITY TO GET A GRANT AT THE END OF THE PROGRAMME
HOW TO APPLY
All applications must be complete and submitted on time. Applications will then be reviewed by a jury comprised of several individuals from FABW, ADMAF, and Orient Meets Occident.
DOCUMENTS TO INCLUDE IN THE APPLICATION
An application must contain the following documents:
- Completed application form
- Letter of motivation by the applicant
- Résumé / CV
- Optional: A personal letter of recommendation
- Optional: Graduation certificate from university (see list above)
- Work samples (DVD, or a link to video platforms on the Web, max. 15 minutes)
- Plot outline for a film which the applicant intends to develop within the scope of the program (length: 1-3 pages)
If your film contains Arabic language, please remember to give us either subtitles or a dialogue list.
The latest deadline to submit all applications documents is 22nd January 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Submissions by email are encouraged. They may be sent to: