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Smartphone savvy? Make a film, win prizes

British Council competition is open to GCC residents age 25 or under

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English actress Amy Lowe will be among the contest judges

Dubai: Smartphone savvy youngsters can now make films on their devices and walk away with prizes if they are good enough, thanks to a short film competition launched by the British Council.

Part of a three-year culture and sports programme, the council’s Small Screen, Big Film festival is open to anyone with a smartphone. Contestants are required to create a three-minute film using their device and enter for a chance to have their work shown and promoted during the online festival in March 2018. Four winning entrants will be given a chance to receive expert tuition.


GCC residents and Gulf nationals living in the UK can submit their work via until January 31, 2018. Entrants must be age 25 or under, and can send enquiries to To help filmmakers develop their entry, 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 now from the festival website.

A jury of renowned GCC and UK filmmakers will shortlist 20 films to be screened to a global audience during the online festival from March 15-25, 2018. Jury members sharing their expertise include Emirati director Abdulla Al Kaabi. British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, and English actress and writer Alice Lowe.


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