Filmmaking Competition

Make a film ...

... Documentary, Live Action or Animation - watch it on the BIG screen at VOX Cinemas and win prizes!

In the previous edition of CIFF, more than 160 films were made by young people across the UAE. 61 of these were screened on the big screens at VOX Cinemas! Check out the official student selections of CIFF2016 here.

Watching films is fun; making them is even better. CIFF has taken cinematic experience for young people to the next level - you get to watch your films on the big cinema screen along with your classmates, friends and family in a theatre near you!

Filmmaking is a fun-filled and wonderful team building exercise that drives young people to work together and achieve the end product - their masterpieces. It is as much educating, as it is entertaining. Young people get an opportunity to understand research, ideation, organization, planning, multitasking, decision-making while showcasing their talents in a variety of art-forms.

Schools can submit films in either or both of the following groups:
Group A: Films made by young people studying in Year 9 (or as some call it "Grade 9") till Year 13 (or "Grade 13").
Group B: Films made by young people studying in Year 6 ("Grade 6") to Year 8 ("Grade 8").

Cast of all films made by young people can be of any age, gender and nationality. Definitions of groups above are meant only for the Crew - the young and aspiring filmmakers.

In order to facilitate entry into the competition, we suggest you follow the process below:

  • Identify the filmmakers in each group. Research, ideate and come-up with one or more ideas. Collectively, and with the help of teachers, choose the best ones.
  • Call for Auditions and cast your film.
    Tip: Try to choose the Cast from within your school, friends and family! They are easily approachable and will most certainly oblige!
  • Make a list of locations you would like to shoot your film on along with a list of props and materials needed. Seek permissions from location owners to shoot.
    Tip: Limit the number and type of locations to a bare minimum. It can turn out to be very expensive and near impossible to secure permissions to shoot on certain locations like Airports.
  • Call for practice sessions with the Cast.
    Tip: Encourage practice. This will help with better dialogue deliveries and the actors' ability to emote. Remind them - there's a Best Actor award too!
  • Shoot your film.
    Tip: Make sure to capture the on-location sound properly. That means, dialogues, if any, should be clearer and louder than the background noise. Alternatively, plan for dubbing!
  • Edit your film with background score, if needed.
    Tip: Make cuts as per the story instead of including more footage of your best-friend. Don't copy music from other sources unless they have allowed you to do so!
  • Package your film with Titles and Credits and submit to CIFF.
    Tip: Avoid making-up any fictitious production-house names. The producer of your film is your school. Mention the school's name upfront. Don't forget anyone who worked on or in the film - irrespective of how small or big his / her role was.)

Start preparing for the competition today and showcase your talents and skills for a chance to win global recognition. And if you get stuck anywhere in the process - give us a call; we'll be happy to help.

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