The management of the Jerusalem International Film Festival, headed by Dr. Ezzedine Shalah, announced the reception of fictional and documentary Mobile films for the sixth session which will start from 29/11/2021 until 06/12/2021from all over the world depending on the goals and conditions of the festival which include presenting a film carrying a positive message, and the film should be shot on a mobile phone, as well as the film duration is not less than one minute and not more than three minutes.
Dr. Shallah added that the Palestinian situation has its peculiarity, as there is the occupation that practices oppression and attacks against our Palestinian people daily, whether in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, as what happens in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Beita and Gaza. There have been thousands of powerful shots contributing to creating Mobile films, so we would like to strengthen the national identity by encouraging young people to develop their abilities and send cinematic messages for events, not newsletters because cinema has an influential role in modifying the mental image of foreign viewers.
It is noteworthy that the preparations for the sixth session entitled “Bethlehem, the Capital of Arab Culture” are continuous, and the festival receives feature films, long and short documentaries to compete for the Golden Olive Branch Prize for each category, in addition to the Golden Olive Branch Prize for the Best Actor and Actress, the Production Prize, the Screenplay Prize, and Photography Prize, as well as the Artist “Mohammed Bakri” Prize for the Best National Long Documentary. Furthermore, the festival also receives amateur films to give the opportunity to all filmmakers, film lovers and students all over the world to participate in the festival. It is worth mentioning that this session will include three workshops on screenwriting, direction and production. Furthermore, the deadline for receiving films and scenarios is 05/10/2021.
There are two prizes for the feature film scenario. The first one is the Golden Olive Branch Prize for the Best Long Feature Film, and the second is the Golden Olive Branch Prize for the Best Short Feature Film in order to encourage screenwriters to write their scenarios about Palestine.
The conditions of the scenario prize:
- The scenario should deal with the Palestinian cause directly or indirectly.
- The scenario should be for a long or short feature film.
- The competitor should present a summary and dramatic treatment for the long scenario in addition to the original scenario.
- Anyone who meets the above conditions can apply to the competition regardless of nationality or country of residence.
To participate, fill out the form on the festival’s website: https://jiffps.com/ar/
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