Short film contest launched for Arab region

Ajyal Youth Film Festival and MBC2 launch '2 Minute Movie Competition'
Sharif Badreddine, MBC2’s commercial director, announced the competition.
Sharif Badreddine, MBC2’s commercial director, announced the competition.


The Ajyal Youth Film Festival has launched a pan-Arab film initiative aimed at nurturing the filmmaking talents of people across the region in partnership with MBC2.

The ‘2 Minute Movie Competition’ was announced by Sharif Badreddine, MBC2’s commercial director, during the Ajyal Youth Film Festival’s ‘In Conversation’ session with two-time Academy Award nominated director Hany Abu-Assad and ‘Arab Idol’ champion Mohammed Assaf.

The competition is open to all aspiring filmmakers in the Arab world. Participants have to upload a movie with a running time of not more than two minutes to or the MBC2 Mobile App to win various prizes.

Fatma Al Remaihi, festival director and CEO of the Doha Film Institute, said: “The 2 Minute Movie Competition is an open call for all aspiring moviemakers in the Arab world to showcase their talent and creativity. Aimed at nurturing Arab filmmaking talent and inspiring them to pursue their passion for cinema, it is one of the key community oriented initiatives that is being held to mark the third edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival.”

Sharif Badreddine, MBC Group’s commercial director said: “The partnership between MBC2 and Ajyal Youth Film Festival has created a solid platform for young talents to express their creativity and gain international exposure. Beyond the festival, we, MBC2 and Ajyal want to engage the Arab community and inspire people of all ages to tell their stories through the medium of film in the most effortless way, as our objective is to solidify the expressions of the digital generation and their creativity via movie-making in the Arab world.”

The entries will be evaluated by a jury of experts including Hany Abu-Assad; Fatma Al Remaihi; Doha Film Institute’s chief administrative officer Abdulla Al-Mosallam; MBC2 senior channel manager Lina Matta; and producer & presenter of ‘Scoop,’ Raya Abi Rashed. They will select the top 10 short films, which will be posted on social media channels of MBC2 for the public to vote.

The winning movies will premiere on MBC2 and will also debut on the big screen at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival’s 2016 edition. Any resident across the region can submit their entries. All content will go live on & MBC2 Movie Guide App.

The final date for submissions will close on October 31st, 2016.


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