(MENAFN - Arab News) The Yallah Film Festival, the first ever-short film festival dedicated to the Arab Awakening, is proving a big draw with many from the region sending in their films for the online competition. The last date for entries is Sept. 19, 2011.
Participation in the festival is open to every professional, semi-professional director, video enthusiasts, just about anyone making films.
The festival's goal is to give a chance to all the creators within the Arab geographical area to talk about their daily life through an original video creation, whether fiction, documentary or mobile film (film shot with a mobile phone): with the goal of giving the viewers an impression of what their life looks like now.
The Yallah Film Festival is providing a chance to all filmmakers to tell their stories of the Arab Awakening by sending in their Dramas (3 minutes), Documentaries (3 minutes) and Mobile Films (1 minute). The participants will get maximum visibility through this online film festival hosted on www.yallahfilmfestival.com.
The festival organizers stress that the message of the Yallah Film Festival is a message of peace and positive aspirations. The spirit of the festival is to go beyond the overwhelming violent images that have been spread everywhere on the Internet and the TV news.
A selection committee of the organizers will present a selection of 50 to 70 films on Sept. 26, 2011. A jury will then decide the winners.
The prize distribution ceremony will be held at the prestigious Arab World Institute in Paris: www.imarabe.org on Oct. 19, 2011, in front of 400 cinema enthusiasts and professionals.