Call for Applications

3rd BBC Arabic Festival 2017 for Filmmakers & Journalists from the Arab World.

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The 3rd BBC Arabic Festival seeks bold and original films reflecting on the changes taking place in the Arab world today.

BBC are currently calling for entries to the 2017 edition, which is open to filmmakers, journalists and the general public whose work explores key issues in the Arab world. Looking at the dramatic political shifts sweeping the region, we ask the question: where are we now?

The unprecedented changes that have taken place over the past few years have unleashed global concern. What changes have you seen in Arab society? How have they affected the rest of the world? What kinds of changes have Arabs elsewhere experience? We want to hear stories, personal or political, from every angle.

The BBC Arabic 2017 Festival is now accepting films that tell real stories and ask pertinent questions. Our expert panel of judges will be looking for originality, wit and creative interpretation along with clarity, balance and in-depth research in the telling of personal and powerful fiction and non-fiction stories.


For a work to be eligible it must meet the following criteria:

  •  It must have been made after January 1, 2015;
  • The subject matter must concentrate on an exploration of the political and social situation in, or directly affected by, the Arab world
  • The work must be either a short film, documentary or reportage piece and satisfy the criteria for each category set out below.
  • Anyone being considered by the judges for the BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award must be between 18 and 30 on 25 February 2016.
  • The judges’ decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants or their work will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The BBC is keen to broadcast a selection of the final winning entries on BBC Arabic TV and will endeavour to do so with the agreement of the entrants
  • There is no obligation on the BBC to broadcast the winning entries.

Entrants must submit:

  •  An entry form that is available on the website. Submissions will not be accepted without an accompanying completed entry form.
  • Submissions can be in any language and are open to residents of any country and of all nationalities.
  • All submissions must be sent in their original language, with English subtitling. For the Reportage category, this is preferable but not essential
  • Submissions will not be accepted if sent without English subtitles – this excludes the Reportage category where English subtitling is preferable but not essential.
  • Entrants should clearly mark the category for which their submission is to be judged and the following criteria must be met. Only one category per submission will be accepted. BBC Arabic shortlisting committee reserve the right to refuse an entry or correct the category if it is not compliant with the below criteria
  • Short Films must be between 3 minutes and 40 minutes in duration and may cover fiction, experimental and animation films.
  • Short Documentaries must be a work of non-fiction and be between 10 minutes and 40 minutes in duration
  • Feature Documentaries must be a work of non-fiction and must be between 40 and 90 minutes in length.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BBC Arabic 2017 Festival

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