The deadline to submit the short film is July 16, 2023.
TOD has launched a campaign – TOD Summer Short Film Festival – to celebrate the region’s upcoming filmmaking talent.
Through the festival, TOD invites filmmakers and students affiliated to filmmaking universities and institutes from the region to submit their short films. TOD will stream the winning entries on its platform for an entire two-month festival period starting in August, helping participants gain prominent exposure on TOD and via a dedicated marketing campaign.
Speaking about the campaign, John Paul McKerlie, VP of Marketing and Sales at TOD, said: “The competition is in line with our desire to promote regional talent and nurture its promising creative possibilities. While short films may not enjoy the longevity or widespread recognition of feature films, they offer a treasure trove of creativity and storytelling. Especially the ones created by budding and upcoming filmmakers from the Arab region, who despite limited budgets and resources, manage to deliver awe-inspiring works that captivate audiences with their unique stories, artistic endeavours, and profound messages.
The TOD Summer Short Film Festival is a great opportunity for MENA and Turkey-based talent to showcase their work and potential, boost their film-making credentials, gain recognition, and share their unique perspectives with a MENA-wide audience.”
Filmmakers aged 18 and above are eligible to submit their short films, between five to 40 minutes long, in Arabic, English, or Turkish in MPEG, MOV, or WMV formats. The overall concept, plot execution, tone and topic, originality and structure, shooting and production values, editing quality, cultural significance, and adherence to copyright rules will all be taken into consideration when evaluating entries.
The deadline for submissions is July 16, 2023. TOD will announce and stream the winning entries in August.