Image Nation Abu Dhabis film club Bopcorn & Sawaalef will host a discussion with Vida Rizq, the founder of Aflamnah, to enable local filmmakers to understand the concept of crowdfunding and how this could enable them to turn their ideas into real films. The event will take place on April 22 at the twofour54 campus […]
Image Nation Abu Dhabis film club Bopcorn & Sawaalef will host a discussion with Vida Rizq, the founder of Aflamnah, to enable local filmmakers to understand the concept of crowdfunding and how this could enable them to turn their ideas into real films. The event will take place on April 22 at the twofour54 campus in Abu Dhabi, and will be moderated by Mohammed Al Otaiba, Head of Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to see how the crowdfunding initiative has been used locally to gather financial support for a variety of film projects.
The crowdfunding trend has grown steadily worldwide over the past few years, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the idea to more local filmmakers in the UAE with our latest Bopcorn & Sawaalef event, commented Mohammed Al Otaiba, Head of Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
I think attendees will learn a lot from the discussion, and hopefully will be inspired to push ahead with their film projects or ideas using this concept.
Aflamnah is a digital crowdfunding platform that helps independent Arab filmmakers, artists, innovators, or thinkers to raise funds for their projects by getting people excited enough to financially support their idea, so they can make it a reality. Launched in July 2012, the platform has since brought crowdfunding to the region. With Aflamnahs support, films such as When I Saw You by Writer and Director Annemarie Jacir, which won Best Film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last year and Best Asian Film at Berlin this year, and Little by Director Nagham Osman, which won Best Documentary Development Award at the Cairo Film Connection, have benefited.
Aflamnah was born out of a belief that culture and creativity are extremely important and we want to encourage and motivate people with ideas, to make them happen. We want to make sure money is not the obstacle and that if someone has a good idea and is serious about it, they will do everything in their power to make it a reality, commented Rizq.
We love the community spirit of crowdfunding and the way it invites friends, family members and complete strangers to participate and not just watch from a distance. Most of all, it creates new and exciting stories and helps us celebrate and share in the success of extremely talented people around us. Its a perfect win-win scenario where we are all creating culture together added Rizq.
Note: Bopcorn & Sawaalef is a monthly film club that hosts informative, fun and interactive screenings and forums for film enthusiasts. The Bopcorn & Sawaalef crowd funding event will take place on April 22nd 2013 from 6pm to 8pm at twofour54 (within the lime green building).