The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

San Diego Arab Film Festival Announcess Call for Submission for 2020 Festival

The San Diego Arab Film Festival (San Diego AFF) invites submissions for its upcoming festival scheduled for March 27-29 and April 3-4, 2019.  San Diego AFF is seeking narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films, both features and shorts.

San Diego AFF began in 2012 and presents films from and about the Arab world that reinforce the humanity of Arab people and it highlights the dynamism and creativity of contemporary Arab culture.  The Festival strives to show top-quality films that offer honest and realistic portrayals of Arab people and their culture, history and politics without reinforcing negative stereotypes.

San Diego AFF is a project of KARAMA, a 501(c)(3) in San Diego.  For more information about the Festival, visit www.sandiegoaff.org.  For information about KARAMA, visit www.karamanow.org.

San Diego AFF accepts submissions on FilmFreeway. Click on the links below to access the submission pages.

Schedule of Submissions

Opening Date:  July 1, 2019

Regular Deadline:  September 15,2019

Late Deadline:  October 15, 2019

Notification Date:  December 15, 2019

Event Date:  March 27 -April 4, 2020

Awards and Prizes

Selected films will be entered into competition for Audience Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.

Rules and Terms

San Diego Arab Film Festival seeks films from and about the Arab world produced between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019.  Films must have legible English subtitles unless there is little or no dialogue.

Formats

San Diego AFF prefers that submissions be made via Film Freeway, however downloadable links (with passwords) may be submitted to lchristian@sandiegoaff.org.  Selected films must be available in DCP, high resolution .264 or Blu-Ray format with a frame rate of 24fps.  Please include director’s name, country of origin, and a brief description.

By special arrangements, submissions may be made by mail or delivery service with the understandings that San Diego AFF will not bear costs related to shipping and that submitted media may not be returned.  Contact lchristian@sandiegoaff.org for further information.

Fees

Regular Deadline:  Feature films, $15; short films, $10

Late Deadline:  Feature films, $25; short films, $20.

Pay fees via Film Freeway at time of submission.

Selected Films

Official Selections will be asked to provide a password protected link for previewing, high resolutions stills and any available press materials for use in publicizing the film and the Festival.

2019 San Diego Arab Film Festival Concludes; Audience Choice Awards Announced

The 2019 San Diego Arab Film Festival completed its run on Sunday, April 14.  A hearty “thank you” to all of you who made this year’s edition a success.

This year, for the first time, the Festival gave Audience Choice Awards for feature and short films.  The  Audience Choice Awards went to 10 Days Before the Wedding (feature film from Yemen) and The Cord (short film from Syria).

10 Days Before the Wedding was directed by Amr Gamal and was the opening night film for the Festival.  Amr Gamal came to the festival and to present his film.  10 Days was Yemen’s first ever submission to the Oscars.  Although it wasn’t selected as a nominee in the Oscars foreign language film category, it has been well-received at film festivals internationally.  Here, it was selected from the 9 feature films screened.

Allaith Hajjo’s The Cord was one of more than 80 short films submitted to the 2019 Festival.  It’s screening here is believed to be its first in the western hemisphere.

Planning is already starting for the 2020 San Diego Arab Film Festival, tentatively scheduled for March 27-28 and April 4-5.

San Diego Arab Film Festival Supported By San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture for the Fifth Year

2019-2020 is the fifth year that the San Diego Arab Film Festival is receiving support from the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.  This recognition and support represents an important milestone for the Festival and for San Diego’s Arab Community: it shows that Arab culture is an important part of the fabric of San Diego!  In addition, on-going support from the Arts and Culture Commission helps lay the groundwork for the Festival’s growth as a dynamic part of San Diego’s cultural life.

Financial support is provided by City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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