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|15 April, 2018

Three short films from Saudi Arabia selected for global audience in festival

4 standout smartphone filmmakers will be chosen for a one-to-one mentorship program with a British filmmaker

People attend the performance of the actor John Travolta at APEX Convention Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 15, 2017.

People attend the performance of the actor John Travolta at APEX Convention Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 15, 2017.

REUTERS/Faisal al Nasser

JEDDAH: Three short films from Saudi Arabia have been selected to screen to a global audience at the first Small Screen, Big Film festival in April.

The official shortlist for the festival has been announced, featuring 12 short films created on smartphones by young people across the GCC. The festival takes place via the British Council’s YouTube channel between April 24 and May 4, 2018, when all shortlisted works can be viewed across the globe.

Four standout smartphone filmmakers will be chosen at the end of the festival for a one-to-one mentorship program with a British filmmaker, courtesy of the London Film School.

Three of the shortlisted films were created by talented young people from KSA: “Do it” by Eman Aldweikh; “Fake Life” by Abdullah Zia; and “The Taxi Driver” by Faisal Musa.

Emirati filmmaker and jury member Abdulla Al Kaabi said: “Film is a medium of self-expression and we saw some incredible viewpoints from a hugely diverse group of young people in the Gulf.

“What’s unique about the Small Screen, Big Film Festival is that all entries are created using smartphones. This not only made it easier for more young filmmakers to share their story, but also challenged their creativity to tell a story in three minutes or less.”

Rehana Mughal, senior program manager for culture and sport at the British Council, said: “The Small Screen, Big Film festival has helped us to connect with the themes and topics that interest youth in the Gulf. There is clearly a passion for filmmaking among young people, and we would encourage everyone to experience this for themselves by watching the films online during the Festival.”

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