(Source: film.gov.ae)

Haifaa Al Mansour’s coming-of-age drama is produced by Berlin-based Razor Film, whose credits include “Waltz With Bashir” and “Paradise Now.”

Haifaa Al Mansour, our Shasha Grant winner of 2009 turns her script into a film! 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com//news/saudi-arabia-wadjda-cannes-324596 

Cannes Highlights: 

Abu Dhabi announces a new international production incentive a 30% cash rebate on production spend.

Arab Get Together cocktail gathering at the UAE Pavilion in the international village riviera. 

Arab Film Commissioners Meeting 

(Source: film.gov.ae )

Bulbul 2012: First annual playwriting competition

Sandpit Arts is a recently-established non-profit arts organisation based in East Sussex, UK. Our work engages with the theatre, dance, film, music and visual arts cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas.

In partnership with The Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, we’re really pleased to announce the launch of Bulbul 2012, our first annual playwriting competition for aspiring and emerging writers. (For those who don’t know, ‘bulbul’ is nightingale in Arabic.)

We are looking for four thirty-minute plays that engage with or respond to the Arab Spring. How you do that is entirely up to you. All we ask is that your work displays a unique voice, a strong storytelling element and a cohesive narrative.

The winning plays will be picked by a panel of judges that will include, amongst others, Steven Brett (Artistic Director of The Nightingale Theatre), Chris Taylor (Director of New Writing South), Tanushka Marah (Artistic Director of Company:Collisions) and award-winning playwright Alia Bano.

The winning entries will be performed by a professional cast at The Nightingale Theatre in September 2012.

For more information and an entry form, please visit:www.sandpitarts.org/bulbul2012

AFNAN AL QASEM WINS SCRIPT-WRITING COMPETITION FROM NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY AND ABU DHABI FILM COMMISSION

Abu Dhabi, March 28, 2012: The New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Film Commission and the director Nawaf Al Janahi today announced that Emirati writer Afnan Al Qasem has won their 2012 script writing competition.

Al Qasem’s project “Shaye Karak” (“Karak Tea”), one of two scripts that she submitted, was the winning under the category of “Crime” and will be turned into a short film by Al Janahi, with a crew selected from New York Film Academy’s graduates.

Starting the 1st of April, Afnan will join the Academy for a four-week hands-on filmmaking program to learn and polish her skills in script writing, cinematography, digital editing and to make 3 short films through that intensive program.

“This was a very tough decision, given the high quality of the scripts and the more than one hundred submissions from the UAE and GCC,” said Imad DeirAtany, the managing director of New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi, a project of Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture ADATC.

 “The competition reflects ADATC’s vision and commitment to boost awareness of the film industry in UAE and to guide the direction of new and emerging screenwriters” said Ali Chehab, representative of Abu Dhabi Authority Tourism and Culture, Marketing & communication consultant at NYFA Abu Dhabi.

"We are happy to see the response and pleased with the level of scripts which shows the importance of short films in the UAE and GCC. We look forward to supporting NYFA Abu Dhabi and Nawaf Al Janahi in developing the winning script and promoting the final film regionally and internationally," said Abu Dhabi Film Commission Director David Shepheard.

Abu Dhabi Film Commission will promote the short film at international film festivals.