DIFF announces second Samsung Short Film Contest

Budding filmmakers could have their short film shown at 2016 Cannes Film Festival
The competition is returning after a successful debut during DIFF 2014.
The competition is returning after a successful debut during DIFF 2014.


Samsung Gulf Electronics and Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have today announced the return of the Samsung Short Film Contest.

Organisers are calling on all budding filmmakers, art students and anyone with an interest in film to get creative and enter the contest, where one talented winner will have the chance to screen their creation at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

Ten shortlisted entrants will also have the opportunity to produce a short film with Emirati filmmaker, Nayla Al Khaja, which will be shown during DIFF 2015. Philip Rachid, last year’s winner, will also be sharing his experience and guidance with this year’s filmmakers through a series of seminars to support them realising their dreams.

Passionate filmmakers from across the UAE are invited to submit original film entries of any length, genre or style to showcase their talents to a panel of judges. Ten stand-out entries will then be shortlisted to create their short films with the guidance of Nayla Al Khaja, producer and former member of the DIFF jury, using the Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Those shortlisted will then get the chance to see their films on the big screen at a special screening at DIFF, with one lucky winner then going on to showcase their film to an international audience at the Short Film Corner at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

DIFF managing director, Shivani Pandya, said: “DIFF is dedicated to supporting and celebrating aspiring film talent and therefore we are thrilled to renew our collaboration with Samsung on this community initiative. Not only will this stimulate creativity in the arts in the UAE but the contest also provides a platform that will help launch the career of talented individuals."

All applicants for the 2015 Samsung Short Film Contest are required to submit their initial film entry to be considered for shortlist from October 1st - 31st. Entries can be submitted here.

The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will run from December 9th-16th, 2015.

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