Arab Film Studio Young Filmmakers Workshop

The Arab Film Studio Young Filmmakers Workshop, a collaboration between Image Nation Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi, is a three-week program for Emirati high school students that enables and enhances filmmaking skills.

Participants from across the UAE are exposed to the teachings and experience of leading industry professionals. From screenwriting, and directing to camera and post-production, the three weeks come to a close with a screening of a collection of short films that are written and directed by the participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participating students must be below 18 years of age and must be currently in 10th or 11th grade.
  • Father and/or mother must be a holder of an Emirati passport.

Important Dates

Important dates for 2020 will be posted when available. Please see the 2019 dates for reference.

Date Description
April 30, 2019 Application Deadline
Early May 2019 Notification to shortlisted candidates
Mid-May 2019 Selection workshop
June 2019 Announcement of the new class
July 7 - July 25, 2019 Workshop
  • The program emphasizes and builds on students’ talents and skills, which are honed and brought to light through extensive courses that address the various aspects of filmmaking.


    All courses take place at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, allowing students to have a full experience of learning filmmaking in a higher education institution.

Contact Us

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs, NYUAD

Jennifer Gerrard
Senior Director
Phone: +971 2-628-5415
Povashni Naidu
Assistant Manager for Programming and Strategy
Phone: +971 2-628-4885

Alicia Gonzalez
Head of Training and Development, Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Phone: +971 2-596-9814