After conducting workshops along with Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Tropfest Arabia is now heading towards Egypt to host similar workshops in Cairo and Alexandria over the weekend before moving on to Jordan. In Jordan, Tropfest Arabia will work with producer and director Yahya El Abdalla as well as Jordanian […]
After conducting workshops along with Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Tropfest Arabia is now heading towards Egypt to host similar workshops in Cairo and Alexandria over the weekend before moving on to Jordan.
In Jordan, Tropfest Arabia will work with producer and director Yahya El Abdalla as well as Jordanian filmmaker Mohammad Hushki to teach aspiring filmmakers how to create short films. The workshop will be held on June 9 from 7 pm at Film House.
The workshop will commence with an introduction to Tropfest Arabia, which is the first short film festival of its kind in the region and will take place in Abu Dhabi in November 2011.
As well as outlining the short filmmaking process and exposing participants to past submissions, filmmakers will also be able to learn more about the Tropfest signature item (TSI). Each film must contain a specific object, known as the TSI, which this year is ‘STAR’. Some of the films entered may be heavily inspired by the item and others may have only small and sometimes hidden references to it. The TSI is designed to test the creativity of professional and amateur filmmakers by challenging them to reference it in their film and ensure that films are created specifically for Tropfest Arabia.
The workshop will also give participants the opportunity to raise questions and gain further insight into the Tropfest Arabia festival and the role that short films are increasingly playing in the region’s growing media industry.
In order to be eligible to submit a film to Tropfest Arabia , the film’s director must be a citizen of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region including Algeria, Bahrain , Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. Entrants must conform to the religious, cultural and political sensitivities of the region and films must be appropriate for public screening in Abu Dhabi.
To register for Tropfest Arabia workshops or to get further details on how to submit a film visit: www.tropfestarabia.com.