I am a 16-year-old indie-film director. I have directed two short films already and I am in the tenth standard at school. I have great passion for movies and would like to pursue a career in film-making. Please give me the names of some UAE-based universities and institutes that offer suitable courses. Also, can you please suggest what stream I should choose next year? 
Faisal, Sharjah 

Film-making is an interesting choice provided you have the passion, enthusiasm and motivation to pursue this career.

With two films to your credit, you have already taken the initial steps in the right direction. It may be interesting for you to know that many famous film-makers started off by making short films, commercials and informational videos.

Even while film directors may not have set educational requirements, educational programmes offer a lot to potential directors. You need to identify educational programmes that offer access to the latest lights, cameras and film-making technology.

You should study technical aspects of film-making and trends in the industry. Courses often focus on the elements of successful film-making including plot, character development and style.

Film criticism is covered through reading and discussing the works of acknowledged experts in the field.

It would also be a good idea to seek opportunities for internships, as any work experience will help you understand the nuances of film-making and also get your foot in the door in this highly competitive field.

Regarding studying in the UAE, the SAE institute in Dubai Knowledge Village offers a Bachelor of Film Production, which is a two-year intensive programme.

I would also recommend The New York Film Academy at Abu Dhabi that offers a range of programmes related to film and media. The duration of the programmes range from four-week workshops to a two-year programme.

There are generally no specific subject recommendations for this course, but certain universities may have specific requirements or you may be advised to start with an art and design foundation course.

I wish you good luck in all your efforts in pursuing your career in the fascinating world of movies.