The British Council and Al-Aqeeq Television have issued the final call for aspiring Yemeni filmmakers to enter Zoom, before the short film competition closes on Wedneday 10 November.
Zoom is open to amateur and aspiring Yemeni filmmakers aged 18 and above and aims to discover and support local filmmaking talent in Yemen. Its themes also give Yemenis the opportunity to raise awareness and build understanding about their country.
Winners of the competition will receive 10 days training in filmmaking skills in Cairo by professional filmmakers from the UK. The overall winner will see his/her work broadcast on Al Aqeeq Television and have the opportunity to attend a film festival in the UK in 2011.
The filmmaking training course provides access to basic filmmaking equipment and will cover essential skills such as scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and directing. During and after the training participants will develop and submit their own 15-20 minutes film for the chance to become Zoom’s overall grand winner.
Aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit original short film entries based on one of the competition’s four themes; climate change, the future, peace and stability, and Yemen.
The 5 minute films can be in any genre, including animations. Entries should be uploaded onto YouTube and the URL of the uploaded video sent together with a submission form firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of 10 November 2010. Submission forms are available at www.britishcouncil.org/me-yemen-zoom-competition.htm
Films may be shot with any camera including a mobile phone camera, so long as the sight and sound are clear. Submitted entries will be judged by a panel of film professionals from both Yemen and the UK. They will look for evidence of originality, clarity, the ability to tell a story and filmmaking ability.
Rowaid Khulaidi, British Council Arts Project Manager in Yemen said: “Zoom is a fantastic opportunity for people in Yemen who are interested in developing their interest and skills in filmmaking. Yemen currently lacks training facilities in film. Zoom will give the winners a chance to learn from experts in this area and help to boost a local film industry here in the country.”
“This competition is also a way for Yemenis to present aspects of their country, as they see it, to a wider international audience. We look forward to viewing the entries,” she added.