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Alexandria Short Film Festival is Now Open for Submissions – Here’s What You Need to Know

With a submission deadline of November 1st, the annual Alexandria Short Film Festival are calling all filmmakers to submit their 30 minute masterpieces.

Attention directors, cameramen, actors and members of your local college film club! A full feature film with special effects might be outside your budget, but chances are you can make a movie that manages to tell your story and share your vision in less than 30 minutes. If you have such a thing lying around and are looking to showcase your talents, you’re in luck. The 7th edition of the annual Alexandria Short Film Festival is now open for submission, and is calling on all established and up-and-coming filmmakers to submit their artsy short flicks.

To apply, you need to either hold an Arab nationality or have Arab origins, but if you’re a student, you need to be Egyptian or have Egyptian roots. Your film needs to have been produced after January 1st 2019, and it can’t have been premiered at any other screening event, festival, VOD platform, nothing, it’s got to be fresh. If you already submitted your masterpiece to the festival in a previous year, and try to resubmit this time round, it’ll be immediately disqualified. Your film can’t be longer than 30 minutes long. The festival is accepting submissions in the genres of feature, documentary and anime (an Egyptian anime? Yes, please, onegaishimasu).

You will need to fill out the electronic application form – which can be found on the festival’s website - in Arabic or English, and if your film is in a language other than Arabic, you need to include both Arabic and English subtitles in the screening copy. You can also apply if your film is in the production process, but you’ll need to clearly indicate that in the application form.

Head to to get started. If you're looking to apply, make sure you do so before November 1st, 2020.