The BBC Arabic Festival screens short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today. After two stellar years, the festival is proud to have garnered a reputation for presenting bold films by established and first-time filmmakers. Through their open call to the public, the festival seeks a bold and diverse range of filmmaking from across the region, by Arab and non-Arab, professional and amateur filmmakers.
The festival runs as a competition, judged by a panel of journalism and film experts and practitioners, who will present an award to a winner in each category. BBC Arabic offers the Young Journalist Award to a non-fiction filmmaker aged 18 to 30. The Award comprises of a programme of bespoke training, mentoring and equipment. There is also the potential for their next project to be aired on BBC Arabic TV and presented by them at the next Festival. This year, BBC Arabic Festival will introduce for the first time the Liliane Landor Award for Best Work in Journalism to a non-fiction submission.
The festival will take place at the iconic art-deco Radio Theatre in central London, March 24 to 30, 2017. The winners of each category will be announced during the televised Awards Ceremony on March 30, 2017.