Eleven Emirati high-school students, between the ages of 14 and 16, are participating in the three-week workshop that teaches the essence of filmmaking with the help of the region’s top industry professionals.
At the end of the programme students, who come from across the UAE, will produce and direct their own one-minute film to be screened at a special Arab Film Studio ceremony planned for the end of the year.
Alicia Gonzalez, Head of Training and Development at Image Nation, said, "We are pleased to welcome our newest semester of students, who are the youngest group to date. They are the next generation of local filmmakers in the UAE and we are committed to supporting their development at every level, from exposing them to the different career opportunities, to providing them with the tools and confidence to pursue their aspirations."
NYU Abu Dhabi Program Head of Film and New Media, Scandar Copti, is leading the three week course that will run until 20th July at the NYUAD campus. The Palestinian filmmaker’s full-length feature film 'Ajami', co-directed by Yaron Shani, won the Camera d'Or Special Mention and was nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards.
Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, commented, "The quality of this year’s students is extremely encouraging for the UAE and for the region’s filmmaking community. Image Nation is more committed than ever to investing in local talent, while contributing to the growth of a sustainable filmed entertainment industry that makes local careers a possibility."
The Young Filmmakers programme is one of four courses under the Arab Film Studio umbrella, which also includes Narrative, Documentary, and Scriptwriting in partnership with Dubai Film Market.