‘Future Filmmaker’ contest will 
be highlight of Muscat film fest

MUSCAT - A ‘Future Filmmaker’ contest will be a highlight of this year’s annual Muscat International Film Festival (MIFF) next month, the organisers announced on Monday.

By Our Correspondent

Published: Wed 29 Feb 2012, 12:04 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:26 PM

They said the competition, open to both nationals and expatriates and which will run alongside other key events of the March 24-31 festival, aimed at identifying, promoting and developing the potential talent of young filmmakers in Oman.

The contest, which is supported by the Ministry of Education, “will involve the youth and highlight the young budding talents who have interest in short filmmaking,” MIFF Chairman Dr Khalid al Zadjali, said.

Students of 11th and 12th grade and colleges, aged 15-21 years, will be eligible to participate. Participants who meet the criteria can submit a 10-minute film on the topic ‘Naturally Oman’.

“The future filmmaker contest will be one of the key mandates of this year’s MIFF to unveil potential talent in Oman. Such contests will augur well in identifying as well as open up opportunities to nurture emerging talent,” Zadjali, who also heads the Oman Film Society (OFS), said.

He added the festival organisers were looking forward to wide participation by both local and expatriate talent in the field.

Three winning entries will be shortlisted by a panel of jury and cash prizes of $5000 will be awarded to them. The prizes will be given away in the presence of international film personalities on March 31, at the closing ceremony of the MIFF.

Entry forms, together with rules and regulations, are available at the various schools in Oman, and can also be obtained from ‘Black & White’ office, Hatat House.

Talented youth will be selected to participate in a two-day workshop conducted by the founder of future filmmaker course from the US, Adam Loften. He will be part of the MIFF and will conduct a professional comprehensive workshop on filmmaking for a small group of 15 candidates.


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