Samsung Gulf Electronics and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have opened entries for the third annual Samsung SHRT Film Cntest. The contest aims to give art students and filmmakers the platform, knowledge and technology to bring their stories to the big screen. Ten shortlisted entrants will have the opportunity to make a short film under the guidance of acclaimed director Majid Al Ansari. These films will then be screened as part of a dedicated segment at DIFF, which takes place from December 7–14 at Madinat Jumeirah.
Samsung will provide shortlisted candidates with the latest camera technology, as well as a Galaxy Note 7, which can shoot 4K video.
The winning filmmaker gets the chance to travel to France and screen their film at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 17-28.
“We conceptualised this contest as a platform to identify and nurture creative talent within the UAE,” says Ali Ahmed, Head of Brand Management, Samsung Gulf Electronics. “Over the years, with advancements in camera and sound technology, we at Samsung have been supporting such talent not only with the freedom of mobility and professional-quality equipment, but also an opportunity to unleash the full potential of their creativity. Through our association with DIFF, such talent will receive not only expert guidance but also a global platform to demonstrate their work.”
Shivani Pandya, Managing Director at DIFF, says, “We are excited to collaborate with Samsung for the third year to recognise, encourage and nurture the next generation of creatives from the UAE. This year’s promising selection of budding filmmakers will have the opportunity to accomplish their ambitions under the guidance of talented mentor Majid Al Ansari, the critically acclaimed director of the thrilling Zinzana. Competitions such as this are key to helping burgeoning talent release their full potential and flourish in the spotlight. We look forward to this competition and the new talents that may be gracing future editions of DIFF.”
Entries have to be original films of any length, genre or style that tell a compelling story. All applicants for the 2016 Samsung Short Film Contest are required to submit their initial film entry to be considered for shortlist from October 4 to November 7 on Diff.ae/samsung