BBC Arabic Festival 2017 - Call for Submissions

After two successful editions in 2014 and 2015, the BBC Arabic Festival will be back in 2017, taking place between 24th - 30th March at the BBC's iconic art-deco Radio Theatre in central London. 

The festival is looking for a diverse range of work (film, documentary or journalism piece) from across the Middle East, by both Arab and non-Arab, professional and amateur filmmakers and journalists and there's an open call to submit work made after 1st January 2015. The deadline to submit is 30th September 2016.

After two stellar years, we are proud to have garnered a reputation for presenting bold films by established and first-time filmmakers. The festival screens short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today.

Through our open call to the public, we seek a bold and diverse range of filmmaking from across the Middle East, 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 an award dedicated to the overall Best Work in Journalism to a non-fiction submission.

More details on how to submit can be found here. Belo are highlights from BBC Arabic Festival 2015: