Tunisian actress Hend Sabry will join Tropfest founder John Polson as co-director for the second edition of Tropfest Arabia, which will take place on October 26, 2012 at the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Polson and Sabry will work together to select the finalist films, which will be screened for the first time during the festival. A […]
Tunisian actress Hend Sabry will join Tropfest founder John Polson as co-director for the second edition of Tropfest Arabia, which will take place on October 26, 2012 at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Polson and Sabry will work together to select the finalist films, which will be screened for the first time during the festival. A jury of reputed Arabic filmmakers, actors, directors and producers will pick the winning film live on the night.
Commenting on her role as co-director for Tropfest Arabia 2012, Hend said: Following the success of the inaugural Tropfest Arabia festival last year, Im excited to be part of the second festival. Im looking forward to viewing the work of young talented filmmakers from across the region, and would like to take this opportunity to advise all filmmakers to think creatively about how they can use the TROPFEST Signature Item or TSI in their submissions, which this year is 2.
Polson added that the festival is anticipating an even higher volume of submissions this year following our busy workshops.
I cant wait to come back to Abu Dhabi for the second Tropfest Arabia and look forward to viewing the films alongside Hend Sabry.
Tropfest Arabia aims to become one of the most influential and popular short film events on the regions film circuit; helping to nurture the regions growing film making community by taking a grass roots approach and supporting first time filmmakers that might otherwise feel excluded from the regions more established film festivals. The finalist films will be premiered publicly in Abu Dhabi and will be available for online viewing, providing an excellent opportunity for the regions talent to present their short films to the whole region.
One important element that John Polson and Hend Sabry will be looking for in each submitted film is the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which this year is 2. The TSI is intended to test the creativity of filmmakers by challenging them to reference it in their film, in any way they choose, encouraging creativity and to also ensure that films are created specifically for Tropfest Arabia. Submitted films must be no longer than seven minutes including credits and submission is open to Nationals of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).
Aspiring filmmakers across the region can submit their entries to Tropfest Arabia until September 6, 2012. Judging will commence early September 2012, with the short listed finalist films announced on 30th September 2012. Shortlisted films will be screened at Tropfest Arabia n Abu Dhabi.