The deadline for submitting original short films is October 1, 2023.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has launched its Al Marmoom Short-Film Competition, inviting talented filmmakers and amateurs to submit their works and present them to a global audience as part of the third edition of the ‘Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert’ festival. The date for the third edition has yet to be announced.
This competition aims to attract talented filmmakers and provide a platform for them to develop their skills.
Dubai Culture has extended a global invitation to filmmakers and creatives worldwide to participate in this competition that will take place at the scenic Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, bringing together a blend of local, regional, and international talent. The application process is open until October 1, 2023. All applications and films will be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated by a dedicated committee of directors, filmmakers, and experts.
The competition seeks to promote sustainability and collaboration in the film industry through its programme of activities, shows, workshops, and panel sessions. The goal is to create an inclusive environment where professionals can share experiences, inspire new talent, and provide a cultural experience for the public. Additionally, it aims to support emerging local and regional filmmakers by offering them a platform to showcase their creativity, refine their skills, and achieve professional growth. The festival’s competition includes live-action films, animations, and documentaries.
The winning projects will be selected based on criteria related to quality and content, with the first-place winners receiving a cash prize of AED 30,000 ($8167.68) and an honourary shield for each category.
Last year’s second festival edition featured a three-day programme that included the screening of 80 films and 26 talks and panels hosted by industry experts.