This year, Emirati high school students will be given the chance to travel to New York City for a summer program taught at one of the top film schools in the world. Sponsored by Image Nation Abu Dhabi in association with NYU Abu Dhabi and the renowned NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the first-time initiative is part of the company’s efforts to boost the growing UAE film industry.
The two-week program, open to Emiratis between 16 to 18 years old, begins at the end of July. Coursework will be comprised of traditional classes combined with more experiential workshops. By the end of the intensive program, participants will have made a short film, using state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance of the university’s industry-leading faculty.
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Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation, said: “NYU Tisch is one of the leading film schools in the world and we are pleased to partner with them on this great initiative. This is just one of many opportunities Image Nation provides for local filmmakers who want to be a part of the ever-growing UAE film industry.”
Scandar Copti, filmmaker (“Ajami”) and Head of Film and New Media at NYUAD, said: “The Film and New Media program at NYUAD is very proud to partner with Image Nation Abu Dhabi on this initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for young aspiring filmmakers to develop their creative potential in a safe learning environment that will contribute to self-expression and critical thinking. By supporting their voices at this stage, we contribute towards creating a stronger film culture in the UAE.”
Alicia Gonzalez, Head of training and development, said: “This is the chance of a lifetime for a young filmmaker. Budding Emirati filmmakers will spend a summer at the vibrant NYU Tisch campus in the heart of New York, learning from leading industry experts and developing exciting projects with peers from around the world.”
Participants will also have the chance to enjoy the culture of New York City, with opportunities to attend Broadway shows, film screenings, art exhibitions and other cultural activities provided by NYU’s Undergraduate Film and TV department. Students will be chaperoned at all times.
Image Nation are urging potential participants to enter online by the March 29 deadline.
Potential participants can apply in the link below or contact the program organizers on [email protected] for further information: www.imagenationabudhabi.com/nyfilm