SundanceTV has launched its first-ever short film competition in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Doha Film Institute is participating as cultural partner.
The launch follows a successful South Africa edition last year, and TV station beIN also joins as an official partner.
The Jury Prize for the 2020 SundanceTV Shorts Competition will be judged on creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production values.
Submissions are now open and can be made until October 18 online.
The winner and three runners-up will be announced in November and will all have their films broadcast on SundanceTV and beIN channel 75 later on in the year.
“The SundanceTV Shorts competition embodies the true spirit of the channel itself,” said Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President, Programming and Marketing for AMC Networks International, who will lead the jury panel.
“Providing a platform for independent storytelling, it shines a spotlight on new and emerging talent. We’re very excited to collaborate with SundanceTV’s exclusive MENA affiliate beIN and the Doha Film Institute, a powerhouse of the regional film industry.”
Submissions can be made by the producer or director, who must provide proof of residence in the region. Films must be under 15 minutes and either in English or with English subtitles.
Entry is open to all – whether filmed with sophisticated equipment or a mobile phone, but rules and technical requirements, which can be found on the SundanceTV website, must be adhered to.
beIN MEDIA GROUP spokesperson added, “We are thrilled to support the first SundanceTV Shorts competition in the region and provide a platform for Arab filmmaking talent. The partnership reflects our belief in the craftsmanship of Arab filmmakers and our commitment to offering world-class content. We are honoured to be part of an initiative that promises to provide a global platform for culturally relevant content by local Arab filmmakers.
“As the official broadcaster of SundanceTV in the MENA region, we believe it is a golden opportunity for emerging filmmakers to utilise this platform by participating in the SundanceTV Shorts competition. It is a chance for storytellers to share stories related to their communities, surroundings and daily lives, with millions of viewers across the globe.”
Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, added: “Over the past decade, the Doha Film Institute has worked tirelessly to support Arab film talent and empower the next generation of storytellers to find their voice and reach global audiences. We are proud to be a part of this exciting initiative, one that shares this same spirit and highlights the growing prominence of Arab storytelling on the global stage. It is an exciting time for Arab cinema, and we look forward to working with Sundance TV and beIN to deliver original stories from our region that resonate with the wider world.”
Submissions until Oct 18. www.bein.net/en/sundancetvshorts.