British Council dares GCC youth to make films with smartphones

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Poster of the competition. (Photo courtesy: British Council)
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Oscar winning British director Asif Kapadia. (Photo courtesy: British Council)
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Abdullah Alkaabi, an Emarati film director of Only Men Go to the Grave, The Philosopher, Koshk, winner of Best Muhr Emirati Feature Award and has been Nominated for Best Emirati Director Award. (Photo courtesy: British Council)
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English actress and writer, Amy Lowe. (Photo courtesy: British Council)
Updated 05 December 2017
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British Council dares GCC youth to make films with smartphones

JEDDAH: The British Council launched the “Small Screen, Short Film” festival on November 28, the first short film festival for young and ambitious filmmakers in the region.
Young filmmakers from the GCC can apply to the program whether they are residents or citizens, or citizens living in the UK. They can participate by creating a short film that does not exceed three minutes via their smartphones.
The British Council official Twitter account tweeted on December 1: “Think you can make a great short film using your smartphone or tablet? Then check Small Screen, Big Film, a filmmaking competition and online film festival for filmmakers in the Gulf or Gulf nationals living in the UK.”
The official account of British Council also tweeted: “Aged 14-25 and from the Gulf? The first ever Gulf smartphone film festival is now open for entries! 2 categories with 20 films screened online in March. Visit: http://bit.ly/SmallScreenBigFilm … | #keepitshort #competition”
Rehana Mughal, the British Council’s senior program manager for culture and sport in the Gulf, told Arab News: “Short films are a work of fiction; it can be based on reality; or drama or comedy, and can be in either animation or live action.” ​
She added: “The medium of short film allows for ease of making and the equipment of a smartphone or tablet means most people have access. “
To help filmmakers develop their entries, the British Council has partnered with IntoFilm, a British film-based educational charity, to create a step-by-step smartphone film guide, available for download from the festival website.
The competition also has a jury of renowned GCC and UK filmmakers who will shortlist films to be screened to a global audience during the online festival from March 15-25, 2018.
Jury members already confirmed include Emirati director Abdulla Al Kaabi, best known for his recent critically acclaimed film “Only Men Go to the Grave” (2017); Academy Award and four time BAFTA award-winning British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, whose documentaries “Amy” (2015) and “Senna” (2010) won him high praise; and English actress and writer, Amy Lowe, will also be among the jury.
Of the shortlisted films to be screened in March 2018 during the festival, four winners will be selected to receive one-on-one workshops with UK film talent.
Speaking of the program launch, Amir Ramzan, Saudi Arabia country director at the British Council, said: “Over our years in the Gulf, we’ve seen a growing passion among young people toward sport and culture in their communities, and have created the culture and sport program to provide a platform to support and grow this talent. We believe that everyone should be able to reap the benefits that being involved in sporting and cultural activities can bring, the idea being to help young people understand that you don’t necessarily have to be an artist or a footballer to be successful in this field and that there are many exciting career opportunities in these sectors.”


Single-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now available

Updated 11 December 2018
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Single-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now available

  • Single-day concert tickets available for $87.95 (330 SAR)
  • Three-day tickets to see all six acts available for $253.19 (950 SAR)

RIYADH: Single-day tickets for day one and two of the Formula E festival of fun surrounding the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix are now available for the biggest line-up of sport, live music, entertainment and cultural activities ever staged in Saudi Arabia. Single-day tickets are available on their website  for $87.95 (330 SAR), with three-day tickets starting at $253.19 (950 SAR)

Doors open at 4 PM on December 13th with access to entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences for Formula E ticket holders at Ad Diriyah. Jason Derulo and headliner Enrique Iglesias take to the stage on day one, while on day two, Amr Diab and headline act The Black Eyed Peas will perform. The finale performance on day three will be a double-header concert given by David Guetta and OneRepublic.

Three-day tickets will allow fans to catch all the days of entertainment, including the complimentary concerts for Formula E ticket holders.

Fans from the Kingdom will be joined by international tourists from around the world, and the Gulf, at the event, with 30-day tourist visas available for the first time via new the online Sharek process.

More information about ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’, including schedule and tickets, can be found on their website.