BBC Arabic, in partnership with the British Council, is currently preparing for its first film and documentary festival – titled ‘Aan Korb’ Festival - that aims to present the very best of submissions from the creators of feature films, short films, investigative reports, citizen journalism and documentaries that relate to the Arab world; and, that must explore some of the key issues that have arisen since the political uprisings began in December 2010.
‘Aan Korb’ - which translates from the Arabic into ‘Close Up’ - will screen for a London audience the winning entries from the iconic Radio Theatre at the BBC Broadcasting House from 31 October – 3 November 2014. Over four days, it will be packed with various relevant screenings, talks, debates and workshops with the full programme to be detailed and announced in early September, 2014.
According to Tarik Kafala, Head of BBC Arabic: “Aan Korb aims to draw young talent from around the world and give filmmakers the platform to share their distinctive journalistic and artistic work. Hosting the festival in London will also benefit British audiences.”
And the message from Stephen Stenning, British Council Regional Director for the Arts: “We have been working in the Middle East and North Africa for nearly 80 years. Through our work in culture and arts we have connected people, built understanding, enabled channels of expression, and created opportunities for talented individuals to contribute to the development of a vibrant regional film industry.
“In a year of increasing international recognition of Arab filmmaking talent, including BAFTA and Academy Award nomination, we are proud to be partnering with BBC Arabic to create the Aan Korb Film Festival, providing an international platform for these emerging talents.”
Also For Grabs: The BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award
In addition to the above, BBC Arabic is especially eager to hear from the pool of the young people aged 18 to 30 who will not only take part in the ‘Aan Korb’ Festival but also be up for the BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award. This will give the promising young talent the very coveted BBC training, mentoring and equipment worth up to £10,000 as well as the potential for his or her project to be commissioned by the network.
Deadline for Entries
Applications are open to everyone, regardless of nationality, place of residence or age and the deadline for entries is Wednesday 28 May, 2014. One can submit work under five different categories that include: Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary, Investigative Journalism and Citizen Journalism.
Judging the entries will be two panels who are experts in their chosen field. One panel of five members will select winners for the Feature and Short Film categories; and the other will choose for the Documentary, Investigative and Citizen Journalism. This second one will also select the BBC Arabic Young Talent Bursary recipient.
For more information and how to apply: www.bbcarabic.com/aankorb.
The ‘Aan Korb’ Festival Teaser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nhdxCma0CI.