AUD launches second edition of ON: Original Narrative student short film festival

DUBAI: The Mohammed bin Rashid School For Communication, MBRSC, of the American University in Dubai, AUD, launched its second annual film festival “ON: Original Narrative”, a short film festival aimed for students from across the world. A group of the ON Festival students committee participated in introducing all the events and activities for this year.

The film festival aims to give an opportunity for the new generation of aspiring filmmakers around the world to share their views and to inspire, recognise and reward up-and-coming filmmakers of tomorrow, showcasing students’ short films and screenplays from the UAE, the region and beyond, and providing a much-needed hub for students to network with peers and established industry professionals.

Original Narrative offers new talent the chance to write and create innovative films. The festival consists of several categories, including documentary, fiction, animation, and screenwriting. The festival is in collaboration with DIFF as a strategic partner, MBC as the media partner and Cadillac as a platinum sponsor.

Sophie Boutros, Manager of Student Affairs and Communication at MBRSC and co-chair of the festival’s committee, said, “We are celebrating the evolution of the creative idea, our logo is a crumpled piece of paper that we usually throw in the trash, it is not an evidence of failure but of creativity, with each piece of paper our ideas grow better and grander. So far, we have 140 short films submitted from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, and we expect this number to increase before we reach the deadline on January 15th.” ON: Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival is being held from February 18th to 20th, 2015, and it is held at the American University in Dubai. The programme will involve a variety of recreational and educational activities, including a showcase of the selected scenarios that will be read and discussed with producers and industry professionals, workshops on filmmaking and acting under the supervision of professionals and industry networking, in addition to a variety of activities, surprises, red carpet events and an awards ceremony. The winners will gain international exposure, obtain cash prizes and other valuable awards. ON Festival is an annual tradition and a platform for talented Arab students.

“The Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival goes in accordance with one of our school’s goals to teach the foundations of storytelling, where students are invited to share with us their original stories through their films or scripts,” concluded Mrs. Boutros.