Six of the UAE’s most aspiring filmmakers have been shortlisted to move onto the final stage of ‘The Reel Dubai’ competition, a joint initiative between Samsung, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
Launched on February 1st, the contest received a wide range of submissions from budding filmmakers, of which the following contestants were chosen: Mohammed Mamdouh, Juleus Dmello, Roozbeh Kafi, Hala Makhlouf, Kamil Roxas and Mohammed Njati.
The shortlist was decided by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from DIFF, DTCM and Samsung. The same panel will select the winning filmmaker, awarding them the opportunity to screen their film showcased at The Short Film Corner at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May, 2015. The second and third place runners up of the competition will be awarded a Samsung device.
The six shortlisted filmmakers will receive a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and $5,000 to fund the making of their film and work with three of the UAE’s acclaimed filmmakers – Ali F. Mostafa, Nayla Al Khaja and Mohammed Saeed Harib who will each mentor two filmmakers to help them create unique and captivating stories in line with #MyDubai, the initiative launched by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and bring their visions to life.
The films will be screened and the winner announced at a dedicated public screening later this month. For more details go to www.diff.ae/reeldubai