Original Narrative Student Film Festival 2017
300 films submitted for this fourth edition

The Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC) at AUD held the fourth edition of the Original Narrative (ON) Student Film Festival 2017 from March 25-27, in collaboration with strategic partners Dubai International Film festival - DIFF and MBC Group.
More than 300 films were submitted by students from Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East. Notwithstanding the outstanding quality of the films submitted, a panel of international film industry professionals has filtered down to 39 films to compete for the festival's awards.
The aim of the festival is to give the new generation of aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to express their views and creative ideas and to provide a forum for new students and graduates from around the world to collaborate and connect. The festival includes several categories of documentary, fiction and annimation.
"The most beautiful and important feature of the film festival is celebrating and watching what has been produced by the new generation of filmakers because it requires a lot of effort," said Roozbeh Kafi, Assistant Professor of Digital Production and Storytelling and a member of the festival committee. "The ON Festival is characterized by its essential idea of ​​collecting student films from all over the world, and giving our MBRSC students the opportunity to mingle with different cultures by watching films and learning new and different ideas."
"The continuation of the festival every year is a success in itself, and we have seen great quality advanced in the films submitted from the Middle East, in addition to the great diversity that this festival has been witnessing for the past four years," he concludes.
The festival includes a variety of entertainment and educational activities aimed at enhancing the participation of filmmakers and helping them to develop their skills through direct contact with leading professionals. Students have the opportunity to participate in a series of daily workshops that combine content training with practical application.
Sophie Boutros, Committee Chair explains, “The Committee has selected 39 outstanding films from 19 different countries, from South Korea to Brazil! We are delighted to welcome the super talented filmmakers to our university for two full days of short fiction, animation and documentary films, professional workshops from our industry's finest and some grit & glamour! At the end of these 3 exciting days our prestigious Jury will award 2,000AED cash to the best Fiction, Animation and Documentary!”
The event kicked off with the red carpet Opening Night on Saturday 25th March where 3 award-winning films were screened:
  • In Fiction - The Parrot, directed by Darin Sallam & Amjad Al-Rasheed
  • In Animation - Ayny by Ahmed Saleh
  • In Documentary - A Man Returned directed by Mahdi Fleifel
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